Clipped From The Paris News
TEXAS HERITAGE DAYS Texans Cross Brazos River On Steamboat 'Yellow Stone With aid of the steamboat Yel-.not verified. The country expects. Major Martin, hearing an ex- low Stone. Sam Houston and his ; something from you; the govern- ] change of shots between his three Texan army began a two - day crossing from the west to the east side of the Brazos River April 12, ment looks to you for action." The Mexican invasion penetrated I men and the Mexicans, rushed Lieutenant Jones and 10 men to to the east bank of the Brazos the scene. By the time they reach- 1856. Fron this camp, at Grace's i through aid from a captured N'eg- ed there. 150 Mexicans had crossed to the cast bank, out - numbering Major Martin's forces three to one. Major Martin and his men had Retreat, the Texans were to start their march to Harrisburg — and on to San Jacinto. Mexican forces, though small in ro. Santa Anna's ambushed forces shortly after sunrise on April 12 appeared in force opposite the 46 i no alternative but to retreat to- war. David Thomas, to fearfully predict "There is nothing to stop hU march" to the coast and Gal- i vestion. Pointing an accusing finger at number, also crossed the Brazos i man force under Major Wylie Mar- j ward the main Texan army. The prompting the acting secretary of! tin, stationed at Thompson's ferry i very thing Houston had sought to to repel Mexican attemps to cross. Early that morning. Martin had sent three men to Morton's crossing to sink a small boat, left for the use of five families there. A Houston. th« Texan official remind-j Negro, though, had crossed in the the general: "You . . . assured boat before they arrived: and, ... the enemy should never cross ; captured by the enemy, the Negro the Brazos" and "Your pledge is directed the Mexicans to the boat. i i j | j I , J | | j j j j j prevent had happened. He had issued strict orders that all means of 'crossing along the river should I .. be secured or sunk, and that all cattle be driven to the east side. One small boat, left to aid five families, and its unauthorized use by the Negro, however, put Mexican forces in a position to attack. THE STEAMBOAT "Yellow Stone." by chance at Groce's to load cotton, proved invaluable to the Texan army. Houston pressed it into service to transport his men across the swollen Brazos, from where they were to march to San Jacinto. Texan troops are pictured going aboard the river steamer in the above artist's conception, reproduced through permission of E. M. Schhvetz and Humble Way.