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A Newly Uncovered Alamo Account: By Pedro Ampudia, Commanding General of the Mexican Army over Texas Artillery

A Newly Uncovered Alamo Account: By Pedro Ampudia, Commanding General of the Mexican Army over... “El Ecla,” a six-and-a-half inch bronze howitzer that was captured from the Mexicans at Matamoros during the Mexican-American War housed at West Point. Based on its age, size, and where it was captured, it is highly likely that this piece was one of the four howitzers that the Mexicans had in Texas during the revolution. Two of the four howitzers fired on the Alamo. Photo by the author. new apr 2011 shq.indd 378 3/23/11 10:34 AM A Newly Uncovered Alamo Account: By Pedro Ampudia, Commanding General of the Mexican Army over Texas Artiller y Edited by Gregg J. Dimmick* n commemoration of the two-hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the struggle for Mexico’s independence from Spain, Ithe archives of the Mexican military have been digitized and placed online. Hundreds of new documents are now available to Texas history researchers. The documents are nearly all in Spanish and are handwritten; however, if one is persistent and has a basic knowledge of Castilian Span- ish, a gold mine of Texas Revolution period information awaits. One such document is Pedro Ampudia’s account of the Mexican siege of the Alamo. Pedro Ampudia was a Lieutenant Colonel of the Permanent Mexican Artiller y. As http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southwestern Historical Quarterly Texas State Historical Association

A Newly Uncovered Alamo Account: By Pedro Ampudia, Commanding General of the Mexican Army over Texas Artillery

Southwestern Historical Quarterly , Volume 114 (4) – May 14, 2011

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Abstract

“El Ecla,” a six-and-a-half inch bronze howitzer that was captured from the Mexicans at Matamoros during the Mexican-American War housed at West Point. Based on its age, size, and where it was captured, it is highly likely that this piece was one of the four howitzers that the Mexicans had in Texas during the revolution. Two of the four howitzers fired on the Alamo. Photo by the author. new apr 2011 shq.indd 378 3/23/11 10:34 AM A Newly Uncovered Alamo Account: By Pedro Ampudia, Commanding General of the Mexican Army over Texas Artiller y Edited by Gregg J. Dimmick* n commemoration of the two-hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the struggle for Mexico’s independence from Spain, Ithe archives of the Mexican military have been digitized and placed online. Hundreds of new documents are now available to Texas history researchers. The documents are nearly all in Spanish and are handwritten; however, if one is persistent and has a basic knowledge of Castilian Span- ish, a gold mine of Texas Revolution period information awaits. One such document is Pedro Ampudia’s account of the Mexican siege of the Alamo. Pedro Ampudia was a Lieutenant Colonel of the Permanent Mexican Artiller y. As

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Southwestern Historical QuarterlyTexas State Historical Association

Published: May 14, 2011

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