Stephen F Austin to Philip Dimmitt, 11-02-1835

Summary: Giving information concerning conditions at Bexar

Head Quarters Nov. 2d 1835

One Mile above Bexar

To P. Dimmit Comandant at Goliad

I have the Satisfaction to inform you that on the morning of the 28th ultimo, there was an attack made by about 300 Cavalry and 100 infantry of the enemy, upon a Detachment of the Army, Commanded by Col. James Bowie and Capn Fanning near the Mission Concepcion, The enemy brought on 2 pieces of Cannon for a vigorous assault.—They were received in the best Manner—The battle lasted for some 2 or 3 hours and resulted in the retreat of the enemy with the loss as we have well ascertained of at least 50 Killed and wounded—and one piece of Cannon—Sixteen were left dead on the field, and 2 wounded—the balance were Carried off—Our men were posted along the bank of the river under good cover and sustained the loss of only one man. Richd Andrews of Mina mortally wounded and since dead—

In regard to future operations here, I am afraid they will be tedious and prolonged, owing to the Strength of the fortifications of this place of which we have Certain information—

Whether the Army Can be Kept together long enough to await the arrival of reinforcements and the necessary supply of heavy battering Cannon and Munitions I am sorry to say is somewhat uncertain— It has been almost unanimously decided by a Council of the officers that the place is too strong to be stormed by the Kind of force we have—There was from this opinion but one dissenting voice—So you see our Condition—

There was a rumor which came from Bexar yesterday that Savariego had escaped from S Felipe—gone to the Nueces raised the Irish there and joining them with the troops at that place had attacked Goliad— But I attach no credit to the report, as I know positively that he Savariego was in S. Felipe a week ago

S. F. Austin

P S My health has been very bad since I was at Cibolo and has not improved—quite the reverse—I am much debilitated.

S. F. A.

Your last Communications were recd giving an account of the provisions on the way, for which we are very grateful.

S. F. A.