An eyewitness account of the pivotal 1836 Texas Battle of San Jacinto taken from an 1840's issue of United Service Magazine

"Immediately on my landing, I repaired to the general's tent and delivering my despatches looked around me to observe our position. A scene singularly wild and picturesque presented itself to my view. Around some twenty or thirty campfires stood as many groups of men, English, Irish, Scotch, French, Germans, Italian, Poles, Yankees, Mexicans, &c, all unwashed, unshaven for months, their long hair, beard and mustaschoes ragged and matted, their clothes in tatters and plastered with mud; in a word a more savage band could scarcely have been assembled; and yet many, most indeed, were gentlemen, owners of large estates, distinguished some for oratory, some for science, and some for medical talent. Many would have and had graced the drawing room. But here, oppressed and trampled on, their homes made desolate, their wives and children driven from the fair habitations which were rising in the wilderness, all had turned out, determined, even desperate, to defend their country and avenge the Alamo, Tampico, and other horrible atrocities."

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