The first news accounts must not have been believed. Disaster had turned into victory. Houston got Santa Ana in hand and forced him into sending orders to withdraw to Mexican troops in San Antonio and elsewhere and signed and agreement not to invade again. Houston sent him home via Washington DC. It took nearly a year and by the time Santa Ana got back to Mexico City his government had long since fallen and been replaced. He was in disgrace.
Amazing times when the rabble turned the tables on the Napolean of the West and won independence for Texas in 19 minutes on a muddy field near Buffalo Bayou.