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    Lt. Manuel Rosas. 1836 Letter Describing the Chaos in Texas in the Aftermath of the Alamo From the Mexican Perspective. 3pp., 6" x 8.25", Guerrero, March 30, 1836. Spanish text, toned with light staining along the edges, and a small split in a fold crease, otherwise very good.

    In the aftermath of the battle at the Alamo (March 6, 1836) the colonists at San Antonio de Bexar were reeling from the sacking of the city by Mexican troops as they left to pursue Sam Houston's army to Harrisburg and the final battle at San Jacinto. This letter, written by Mexican officer Manuel Rosas from Guerrero, Santa Anna's staging point for his siege of Bexar, gives a unique perspective of the situation from the Mexican point of view. It reads in part: "About Bexar, all I can say is my friend Galan is in the woods, which by now I suppose all our residents are...what they didn't take they burned. Probably the mail bag from Bexar to Leona was taken by the Comanches on the road from Bexar...some Americans sent word by Indians that they wanted to talk several times but the soldiers said no." The history of the Texas revolution is largely written from the perspective of the Anglo experience, ergo first-hand accounts from the Mexican side are quite rare. From the Taking of Texas Collection.

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