Nicolas Gutierrez, et al., al virrey. Letter from presidial soldiers of San Antonio in support of fray Joseph Gonzalez.
San Antonio de Valero. January 6, 1724. Letter. Copy.
Apaches attack San Antonio presidial horseherd, steal 86 horses. 30 soldiers, Indian auxiliaries, plus eight soldiers from Espiritu Santo presidio equipped, sent to recover horses, leaving San Antonio area underdefended, many of remaining soldiers underequipped. 180 Head of livestock recovered, 20 Apache women, children taken prisoner. After much argument fray Gonzalez convinces capitan of presidio to send one woman prisoner to Apaches as emissary, offering prisoners in return for peace. 4, then 30 Apaches show up. Capitan refuses to negotiate for peace unless all Apache leaders present, antagonizes Apaches and almost precipitates a battle. Only fray Gonzalez' restraint and trust Apache prisoners had in him prevents fight soldiers feel they might have lost, being poorly armed, mounted. (T. Sheridan) (1977)
Gutierrez, Nicolas (Alferez de San Antonio Presidio)
Gonzalez, Joseph (Fray) (OFM)
Carabajal, Christobal de (Sargento de San Antonio Presidio)
San Antonio de Valero (Presidio)
Espiritu Santo (Presidio)
Espiritu Santo (Bahia)
TXU, Tex. Hist. Ctr. Arch. S. Fran. El grande 2q248 835 v. 010 pp. 115-118
BNM, Mexico, Arch. S. Fran. El Grande
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