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 - he did so, for Santa Anna, flushed with victory...
he did so, for Santa Anna, flushed with victory at the Alamo, was on his way to LaGrange to complete the job of exterminating the last little band of Texas patriots. But he arrived late—Sam Houston had out-generaled him, and was marching rapidly east with his volunteers. Houston crossed the Colorado river just as the pursuing Mexicans appeared on the opposite bank. Here the pursuit ended temporarily—the river was swollen from recent rains and Houston had commandered the only available boat. There were three detachments of the Mexican army in pursuit of Houston and his men. Santa Anna in person headed one detachment, and the other two were in command, respectively, of Sesma and Filisola. The detachment under Santa Anna detoured by way of Harrisburg in order to capture President (ad interim) Burnet and his cabinet, which had established headquarters there. Houston Halts Retreat Many additional volunteers had joined General Houston during his retreat from LaGrange, and he now had about 800 armed men, ready and anxious to fight. When scouts brought Houston information that Santa Anna was in the vicinity of Harrisburg he turned from his line of retreat and took the road leading directly to the latter place. The morning of April 21st, 1836, the two armies, one under Houston and one Santa Anna, faced each other on the field of San Jacinto, a few miles below Harrisburg, where was fought the Battle of San Jacinto. This battle lasted less than half an hour, the Texans winning a complete and glorious victory. Santa Anna escaped during the battle, but was captured the following day and taken before General Houston. Disguised as a common soldier, his captors did not know his rank until arriving in the Texas camp, where Mexican soldiers saluted Santa Anna and exclaimed, "El Presidente!" There was much feeling against Santa Anna among the Texas officers and privates. Had not General Houston intervened in his behalf, he would have been tried and executed for the Goliad massacre. Terms of the Two Treaties

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  1. The Hearne Democrat,
  2. 17 Jul 1936, Fri,
  3. Page 8

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