and received the positive promise that all should be treated as "prisoners of war," and, so far as he was concerned, they were so treated.
February 19th. The Mexicans continued to bring our men in by small parties. They remained here until the 22d, by which time they had one hundred and thirty-four of our men prisoners, and then marched for Saltillo. These Mexicans showed humanity in not letting our men drink too much water, which, if they had permitted, must have proved fatal. They also furnished them with plenty of beef, and a small quantity of wood to cook it with; but, being tied with rawhide cords in pairs, and having the use of only one hand, they made but poor cooks.
February 23d, being the second day from the pass in the mountains, they reached a rancho, where they found Dr. M'Math, Holderman, and Tawney. Here they remained on the 24th and 25th, when about thirty more of our men were brought in. The nights now being cold, the Mexicans having robbed our men of money, blankets, and clothing, they suffered greatly.
February 26th. Marched twenty miles, and  camped in a cowpen at a rancho. Now our prisoners had increased to one hundred and sixty, and the sick were permitted to ride upon "burros" (jackasses).
February 27th. Our men were whipped several times for untying the rawhide cords which sorely bound their limbs. Marched twenty-four miles to San Antonio, where the rawhide cords were exchanged for iron handcuffs. Notwithstanding this precaution, the Mexicans showed great apprehension lest another charge be made upon them, for they would not allow the Texians to stand up in camp. Under all these cruelties, our men bore up with astonishing fortitude. They received their irons with smiles, promised a fair remuneration the first opportunity, and concluded the evening's entertainment by telling old tales and singing, to the utter astonishment of their captors.
February 28th. They marched twenty miles, and encamped at badwater, March 1st. Started early; got no water until they reached the suburbs of the town, where for the first time they were permitted to wash their faces, which were, as one may easily imagine, awfully dirty. Here they were halted for the governor to come up, while great preparations were making in the city to receive him. Our men were marched in under the ringing of bells, the firing of crackers, &c., and kept standing in the public square during the delivery of the victor's eulogium; after which they were marched into their  filthy prison, infested with vermin, without anything this day to eat.
March 2d. Received their welcome breakfast at 10 o'clock. 3d. Waters and Torry were brought in and ironed together; also the two Sargeants,5 who had been several days in town. 5th. Ten more of our men brought in. On the following day received a donation of tobacco from a citizen - a most welcome present. 7th. Private Ackerman was brought in; had reached within sixty miles