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Federalist Wars: Final Phase

the Texans. A hurried consultation among them resulted in a solemn determination that "if sold," their "delivery" should not be made with their consent. After checking their arms and moulding a few more bullets, the Texans laid the letter before Molano and López, who, "though wonderfully disconcerted, expressed themselves as feeling mortified that their fidelity should be questioned; and emphatically branded the charge as false -- the author as a slanderer, and [a] Centralist, whose motive was to create a division in the Federal Army."[105]

The interview with the Mexican officers once more tended to allay the suspicions of a majority of the Texans, but not for long. Late the next night the friend of the San Antonio ranchero who had been bathing in the stream at Victoria at the time the Centralist agent had plotted with Molano and López, overtook the Texans before Saltillo, where he contacted Long. Long again warned Jordan of impending danger, and Jordan ordered that the new informer be brought before him for questioning. As a result of the interview, Jordan became apprehensive for the safety of his men, and charged them to be on the alert for treachery.

From his camp at Buena Vista Molano dispatched a messenger toward Saltillo, soliciting a conference with General Montoya.[106]  At 9 o'clock on the morning of October 23, being prepared for battle, the Federalist forces began to move nearer to Saltillo. Reaching its vicinity at 1 p.m. at the hacienda del Refugio (now called Guerreadero, in memory of this action), some three miles to the south of Saltillo, they encountered the Centralists, reported Jordan, consisting of 400 infantrymen, 400 cavalry, and two pieces of artillery under General Montoya entrenched on a small hill. The Federalists possessed themselves of another eminence six hundred yards away and separated from the former by a barranca [Ed: gorge or ravine]. The Federalists numbered 355 of whom 111 were Texans.[107]  For the first time the Texans now became aware of



105. Reid, Reid's Tramp, p. 75; Yoakum, History of Texas, II, 293. Some time later James Wilkinson told Lamar that Jordan only remonstrated with Molano, "but did nothing else." "The real fact," he said, "was that he [Jordan] had got to drinking, & had been drunk 3 or 4 days." Lamar Papers, VI, 130. The writer has found nothing in the numerous accounts given of the affair at Saltillo to collaborate the contention made by Wilkinson that Jordan was drunk on the eve of the battle.

106. Juan Nepomuceno Molano á Señores Editores del Ancla, Matamoros, March 1, 1841, in El Ancla, March 15, 1841.

107. Jordan reported, "Our whole force consisted of 231 men, 111 were Americans, 4 of whom, however, were sick, thus reducing my command to 107 men, rank and

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AFTER SAN JACINTO: The Texas-Mexican Frontier, 1836-1841
Joseph Milton Nance, 1963