Sunday, March 13, 2011
Houston at Gonzalez
Susanna Dickinson and Joe leaving the Alamo. Most likely they left from downtown San Antonio after an interview with Santa Anna at his Headquarters. He gave Dickinson two Mexican dollars and a blanket.
Susanna Dickinson and her daughter, survivors of the Alamo. Over the years she told several different accounts of the siege and fighting.
Houston at Gonzalez. Deaf Smith brought in Susana Dickinson, her infant daughter and Travis slave Joe. Fannin is supposed to bring the garrison North to Gonzalez. More men are arriving. An army is building.
One of the facts about the Texas revolution isn't mentioned much these days: In the early parts of the war, most of the fighting was done by new arrivals, NOT established Texas colonists. The colonists sat it out while the newcomers, most of whom had just arrived in the state, fought and died. The Alamo Garrison was lead by newcomer Travis along with Crockett and his Tenneseans and many other fresh faces. Now that the Alamo had fallen the established folks were beginning to wake up. Santa Anna was going to drive ALL anglo setters from the region.
The Mexican General sent an army toward Bastrop. General Urrea and his cavalry had won at San Patricio, at an Ambush on Agua Dulce Creek and were sweeping up the coastal plains toward Goliad. Settlers were fleeing East to get away in what would later be called the Runaway Scrape.
The spring in 1836 was rainy and the Nueces, Colorado and Brazos were all on the rise.
Santa Anna lingers in San Antonio. He does have a band-new bride- the beauty from La Villita. He also thinks the story of the Alamo will panic settlers into fleeing East. He's partly right. Other Texicans are filled with a grim determination.