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By Robert Scott

After the Alamo is going past renowned delusion and folklore to discover the occasions and painting the heroes (and the cowards) of the Texas struggle for Independence. whereas Texans have been usually unsatisfied with their Mexican govt in 1835, so much of them didn't want a progressive struggle opposed to Santa Anna. even though there have been scattered violence within the territory, it used to be purely after a band of in general outsiders used to be slaughtered in their well-known protection of the Alamo that Texans even tried to manage formal competition. Then they wound up with governors and 4 army commanders, all at odds with each other. it is going to take a number of extra tragedies--at San Patricio, Refugio, and Goliad--to eventually weld the Texans right into a unmarried- minded humans keen to offer every thing for his or her independence. on the heart of this epic fight was once James Walker Fannin-- useless, indecisive, in all probability cowardly, and concurrently heroic. was once he a hero or a villain? This ebook probes this seldom- mentioned Texas tale in heart-wrenching aspect after which leaves the choice to you

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Page x (Map circa 1851) Page 1 Chapter 1 The Opening Skirmish at Gonzales Our plan was to rush on to San Antonio, capture the (Mexican) garrison before it could get reinforcements, and then go on to Mexico to dictate terms of peace in the capital of the Montezumas. , Friday, October 2, 1835. Corporal Casimira de Leon and five soldiers of Santa Anna's Grand Army of the Republic of Mexico topped the last little hill before the dusty, rutted road dropped down to the bank of the Guadalupe River. The road stopped abruptly at a small ferryboat landing, and on the opposite side of the river stood the town of Gonzales, Texas.

Casteneda immediately took control. He sent several men to scout the village and soon got back word that the Texans were in control of the ferryboatthe only way to cross the river and reach the village. That was not good news for Captain Casteneda, who was discouraged but not defeated. He felt a grudging admiration for the spirit of the Texans and still clung to a hope this whole matter could be resolved without bloodshed on either side. Casteneda was fiercely loyal to President Santa Anna, but he also lived and worked among these noisy gringo settlers, and he had come to admire them greatly.

Corporal de Leon stuffed the handkerchief back into his rear pocket and dug his heels into the ribs of his horse. The animal snorted and reluctantly began plodding down toward the river and onto the flat-bottomed raft that served as ferry. The other five soldiers fell into place behind de Leon. Just as the barge reached the far side of the river a few minutes later, however, de Leon began to sense that this crowd was hostile and looking for trouble, and that it had no intention of surrendering the weapon.

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