Part 2, Note 28

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Jose Enrique de la Peņa, With Santa Anna in Texas, translated and edited by Carmen Perry (College Station: Texas A & M University Press, 1975), pp. 160-166; Dewees, Letters from an Early Settler of Texas, pp. 201-202; Hinueber, "Life of German Pioneers in Early Texas," The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, vol. 2, no. 3, January 1899, p. 231. Hinueber remembered that her family's home was the only one that had not been destroyed, and theorized that it was spared because several of the local German Catholics had placed religious symbols in their garden. The house had been visited, for as Hinueber relates, the family had buried its valuables between two poles placed in the ground, and when they returned, both poles had been removed and several holes dug in the area. Just who destroyed the Germans' homes is open to question. Houston is not known to have detached units into the area. The Mexicans seemingly had little reason to destroy the houses. Houston, after all, destroyed the houses that he destroyed to keep them out of Mexican hands. The Indians, on the other hand, with few if any of the settlers around to stop them, may have taken the opportunity to destroy as many houses as possible in the hope