The Esparza Family

The Story of Enrique Esparza as told in the San Antonio Light, Saturday November 22, 1902:

(Continued): “My father decided to take the offer and move the family to San Felipe. Everything was ready, when one morning, Mr. W. Smith, who was godfather to my youngest brother, came to our house on North Flores street, just above where the Presbyterian church now is, and told my mother to tell my father when he came in that Santa Ana had come. (Northeast corner of Houston and N. Flores Streets.)

“When my father came my mother asked him what he would do. You know the Americans had the Alamo, which had been fortified a few months before by General Cos.

“Well, I’m going to the fort” my father said.

“Well, if pop goes, I am going along, and the whole family too.

“It took the whole day to move and an hour before sundown we were inside the fort. There was a bridge over the river about where Commerce street crosses it, and just as we got to it we could hear Santa Anna’s drums beating on Milam Square, and just as we were crossing the ditch going into the fort Santa Anna fired his salute on Milam Square.

“There were a few other families who had gone in. A Mrs. Cabury[?] and her sister, a Mrs. Victoriana, and a family of several girls, two of whom I knew afterwards, Mrs. Dickson, Mrs. Juana Melton, a Mexican woman who had married an American, also a woman named Concepcion Losoya and her son, Juan, who was a little older than I.

“The first thing I remember after getting inside the fort was seeing Mrs. Melton making circles on the ground with an umbrella. I had seen very few umbrellas. While I was walking around about dark I went near a man named Fuentes who was talking at a distance with a soldier. When the latter got near me he said to Fuentes:

“Did you know they had cut the water off?”

“The fort was built around a square. The present Hugo-Schmeltzer building is part of it. I remember the main entrance was on the south side of the large enclosure. The quarters were not in the church, but on the south side of the fort, on either side of the entrance, and were part of the convent. There was a ditch of running water back of the church and another along the west side of Alamo Plaza. We couldn’t get to the latter ditch as it was under fire and it was the other one that Santa Anna cut off. The next morning after we had gotten in the fort I saw the men drawing water from a well that was in the convent yard. The well was located a little south of the center of the square. I don’t know whether it is there now or not. (to be continued next week)

Bible study every Tuesday night from 7-8 p.m. at the Verdi Community Center. We are studying the book of Romans.

Word for the week: “I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.” – Socrates

My time is up and I thank you for yours.

TTFN (ta ta for now),

Gina Huizar

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