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A Guide to the Vicente Filisola and José Francisco Urrea Manuscripts, 1836-1837



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Vicente Filisola, and José Francisco Urrea
Title: Vicente Filisola and José Francisco Urrea Manuscripts
Dates: 1836-1837
Creator Abstract: Vicente Filisola (1789-1850) was commissioned as Lopez de Santa-Anna's second in command during the campaign against Texas. After the defeat and capture of Santa-Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto, it fell to Filisola to evacuate Mexican forces from Texas despite heavy opposition from other officers, including José Francisco Urrea (1797-1849). Urrea replaced Filisola as general in command after the retreat, and was determined to continue war against the Texans as the Mexican forces greatly outnumbered Sam Houston's troops. However, due to Santa-Anna's orders, he was forced to withdraw.
Content Abstract: Contains nine letters and other documents by two Mexican generals concerning the Battle of the Alamo and the immediate aftermath of the Battle of San Jacinto.
Identification: MS 334
Extent: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Language: Materials are in Spanish and English
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical/Historical Note

This important series of documents gives added insight into Santa Anna's preparations for the assault on the Alamo, the aftermath of that battle, and the desperation that surrounded Filisola and his fellow commanders after the President's defeat and capture at the Battle of San Jacinto.


Scope and Content Note

Contains nine letters and other documents by two Mexican generals concerning the Battle of the Alamo and the immediate aftermath of the Battle of San Jacinto. Dating from February 28, 1836, to April 28, 1836, the letters reveal the confusion and uncertainty facing the Mexican army commanders immediately after loss at San Jacinto to Sam Houston.


Organization of Collection

Correspondence and Related Documents

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes and the collection is open to the public.

This collection is currently housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use our Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Filisola, Vicente.
Urrea, José Francisco.
Subjects
Alamo, Battle of the, San Antonio, Tex., 1836.
San Jacinto, Battle of, 1836.
Locations
Genres/Formats
Correspondence.
Local Subjects
Mexico/Mexican History
Military
San Antonio History
Texas History

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by Vicente Filisola and José Francisco Urrea at the date of accessioning.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Vicente Filisola and José Francisco Urrea Manuscripts, MS 334, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Sloan’s Rare Books of Austin, Texas in May 2010 (Acc. 2010-019).

Processing Information

The collection is in 1 accession (Acc. 2010-019) and has been encoded by Rose Rodriguez, Collections Assistant.


A Guide to the Vicente Filisola and José Francisco Urrea Manuscripts

Correspondence and Related Documents

Box Folder
1 1 Battalion of Zapadores, February 28, 1836
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2 Battalion of Aldama, February 28, 1836
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3 Batalion of Toluca, February 29, 1836
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4 Grenadiers, February 6, 1836
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5 Weapons inventory, April 17, 1836
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6 Letter from Filisola to Urrea near San Jacinto, April 23, 1836
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7 Marching orders from Salas to Urrea at Columbia, April 24, 1836
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8 Three field letters from San Jacinto (4, 6, and 7), March 24 and 25, 1836
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9 Filisola to Urrea, April 28, 1837
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