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#184 - Texas: Manuel Rosas Estimate: $800+

Struggling to supply the Mexican army during the Seige of Bexar

Texas Revolution-dated ALS in Spanish, signed "Manl Rosas," three pages on two adjoining sheets, 6 x 8, November 24, 1835. Letter to Jesus de la Garcia, discussing his assignment, in part (translated): "Providing for the 100 men that Col. Ugartechea brought with the object of their joining the troops that the celebrated Jose Juan Sanches is bringing…if in some way I do not find a man to help me…I believe I'll turn crazy." In very good to fine condition, with trimmed edges, and an area of dampstaining along the bottom affecting a portion of the signature. In 1835, Colonel Ugartechea was military commandant of Coahuila and Texas in command of the forces at Presidio San Antonio de Bexar, struggling with deficiencies in funding, supplies, and manpower. It was under his orders that Lt. Francisco de Castaneda went to Gonzales, Texas, in order to secure a cannon from the hands of the Texans, leading to the battle on October 2, 1835, that initiated hostilities in the Texas Revolution. This letter dates to the the Siege of Bexar, during which Ugartechea commanded a unit of cavalry that slipped through the siege forces on November 12 and headed toward the Rio Grande to seek reinforcements, arriving there about ten days later. On November 26-just two days after the present letter-he guided a force of 454 conscripts and 173 veteran troops from Laredo to relieve the centralist army under Martin Perfecto de Cos at Bexar. Their arrival on December 8 actually increased the burden of supply on the centralist army-the exact problem Rosas addresses here-and helped to precipitate its surrender to the Texans on December 9. A remarkable letter from this important moment in the early stages of the Revolution.

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