Thursday, April 21, 2011
Santa Anna stands down the troops.
The Mexican troops have been up most of the night anticipating an attack. Cos rode in at 9:00 and the morning has been spent getting his people squared away. Santa Anna consults his commanders and decides that Houston, like every time before, is going to retreat or wait to be attacked. Santa Anna has more troops just hours away and nothing to lose by waiting. He give the order to stand down. The cavalry unsaddle and begin to tend horses. The men eat and finally get a chance to nap and rest. Muskets are stacked and troops disappear into their tents. Out of sight, over a low rise and in the thick oaks the Texans are making final preparations.
Santa Anna decides to have a late lunch with Emily D. Smith. Champagne and grilled quail sound about right.