William P. Zuber to Ben E. McCulloch
Letter Describing Events at Battle of San Jacinto

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Willliam P. Zuber and General Ben McCulloch

William Physick Zuber died in Austin on September 22, 1913, the last surviving veteran of the Texas Revolution. At San Jacinto, he was among those guarding the baggage, but in later years he became a noted amateur historian. He had already published his recollections of the narrative of Louis Rose--supposed deserter from the Alamo--in 1873. He published a number of articles on military history and personalities, and his autobiography My Eighty Years in Texas was published by the University of Texas Press in 1971.

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Sam Houston Report - Page 1

4308 Avenue F,
Hyde Park,
Austin, Texas:
December 16, 1909

Capt. Ben E. McCulloch

Confederate Home:

My Dear Sir:

Your letter of the 14th instant
is received.

You ask me to state about how
many cannons were used by our
people, and about how many by the Mexicans,
in the battle of San Jacinto. Our people
used precisely two, and the Mexicans used
precisely one. Ours were two iron 6=pounders,
and that of the Mexicans was a brass 12=pounder.

You have doubtless noticed that,
Gen Houston, in his report of the battle, recognizes
it as being fought on two days, the first day and the
second day; i.e. on the 20th and the 21st of April,
1836. When our cannons arrived at our camp
at Groce's plantation, the artillery company
was formed of men who voluntarily joined it
from other companies; and they organized by

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