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bottoms on the night of March 21st.

Hardaway says he went to sleep in the bottoms that night, and awakened next morning to find himself alone. He remained in the swamp all that day and the next night, then made his way [on the morning of the 23d] to a Mexican's house, where he was given some food, and had a narrow escape from recapture. That night he heard the drum beating at Victoria. [This was really at Texana.] He spent the 24th near Victoria, [Texana] and made his way that night to a crossing place above the town. Here he found three men, Andrews, Moses and Trezevant, who had separated from Ward at the same time he did, but whom he had not seen before. They found some meal in a house that had been left by the enemy.

They remained there during the night of the 25th, and set out, behind the Mexican advance, for the Colorado, which they reached on the 27th, and crossed on a bale of cotton they found on the banks, about two miles above where the enemy was crossing at the same time. Here they were picked up by a party of six, scouts from the Texan army, who took them to General Houston's headquarters. They fought in Captain Baker's Company at San Jacinto.

Of Hardaway and his narrative, Foote, writing in 1841, says,

"The writer ... is just 21 now. I saw him a few weeks since as I passed through the county where he resides and found him a young gentleman of high respectability, and both successively and extensively engaged in

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