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    [Adrián Woll]. Manuscript Report to General José de Urrea. Two pages, 8.5" x 12", in Spanish, Matamoros, October 4, 1836. Following his defeat and capture at the Battle of San Jacinto in April 1836, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (by order of General Sam Houston) ordered General Vicente Filisola to withdraw all Mexican troops from Texas. The order was obeyed, but the march back across the Rio Grande was anything but smooth, with many disagreements between the army's commanders. Writing to Gen. José de Urrea, Woll complains about one such disagreement between Filisola, Urrea, and himself over an incident at Fort Bend. In part:

    "In reply to Your Excellency's note dated the 1st...in which you ask me if it is true that, when it was agreed in the council of generals that convened in the house of Madame [Elizabeth] Powell on April 25, a party of cavalry should be sent to Old Fort [Fort Bend] to round up our stragglers and was chosen from your regiment, you refused to do it. I must say that in fact the Most Excellent Sr. General Don Vicente Filisola suffers from error on the particulars, because that position was adopted as a consequence of my having requested it before the meeting was held...I had offered then to go in person with a battalion...[and] was preparing to march when I was notified by His Excellency that I should appoint a party of cavalry under the command of a presidial officer, thereby not allowing me to do what moments before he had agreed to...I will also tell Your Excellency to recall that when I was appointed to the rank of major general upon assuming command at the house of Madame Powell, I designated the cavalry of Your Excellency's brigade to provide the advance forces and a large guard, which Your Excellency resisted...It is well known that when the withdrawal was made from Old Fort, the ferry [Thompson's Ferry] across the Brazos River was destroyed...I am sorry and find it hard to find myself forced to make use of the pen to deal with some points that show the division amongst my companions, the commanding generals of the Army of Texas, but...I shall pay tribute for all time to them with the homage that they deserve..."

    Uneven edges show light toning. Significant damage to near the lower left corner and, lesser so, near the upper left corner, though not affecting the legibility of the text. Smoothed folds. Wrinkling along the left margin.

    Fort Bend was a small fort erected around 1822 by a group of Stephen F. Austin's colonists on a bend in the Brazos River. Occupied by a detachment under Maj. Martin Wyly to guard the river crossing, it was abandoned during the Texas Revolution when Martin learned the Mexican's had crossed twelve miles upriver and outflanked him.


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