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    Archive of Manuscripts of Articles Written for the Newspaper The Headlight A total of 37 manuscript drafts, most 3 to 4 pp. in length, 8" x 12.5", n.p., n.d., but likely late 19th Century, comprising a series of articles submitted to a newspaper recounting the story of the Texas War for Independence. Great content giving detail and insight to both sides (Texan and Mexican) as well as providing a primary source for how events were perceived and honored at the time of publishing. There are a total of 37 transcripts, meaning that there was great interest in the story. We have been unable to identify the specific newspaper these stories have been published in, but have located two possibilities for small local Texas papers that were established in the 1890's: The Kenedy Headlight, and The Eagle Lake Headlight. The paper used is lined, with a small embossed imprint at the top left corner, stationery commonly used during that time.

    The transcripts read, in very small part: "No. 36... It was believed by many of the leading men in Texas that if Texas continued to... the war for her rights under the constitution of 1824, the people of the adjoining Mexican states would soon unite with her together, and form a republic independent of Mexico. On his journey west, General Houston received a letter from General Bowie informing him that Dr. Grant with part of the volunteers left at Bexar, arrived at Goliad, and would leave on the 11th January for Matamoras. 'The delay of Dr. Grant,' says Yoakam, 'appears to have been caused by the absence of Colonel F. W. Johnson, who had come by way of San Felipe, to have the expedition [?]... No. 43 Santa Anna, after hs success at Bexar, seems to have considered teh war at an end, and determined to return to the Capitol. Colonel Almonte seems to have been of the same opinion... Having refreshed his troops... Santa Anna, on the 11th of March, ordered Generals Sesina and Woll, with six hundred and seventy five infantry, fifty dragoons, two six-pounders, and eight days rations, towards to San Felipe, and thence to Anahuac [established as the capitol of Texas by the Mexican government] by way of Harrisburg. Colonel Juan Morales, with two battalions, some four hundred men, one mortar, one eight and one twelve-pounder, and a months rations, was ordered to Goliad. Before making further dospostions of his forces, he was informed by Urrea tjat Fannin was at Goliad and would defend the place. Sesina informed him that the Texans were on the left bank..." The serial unfolds much like a historical novel, with gripping content throughout. With dampstaining, wear along the folds, and chipping at margins; overall condition is good. All sheets remain easily legible.


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