Texans follow old Ben Milam to victory

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by Bartee Haile

After six days of hand-to-hand fighting in the streets of San Antonio, Gen. Martin Perfecto de Cos surrendered to the ragtag rebels in the early hours of Dec. 11, 1835. Seven days earlier, the downcast Texans surrounding the province’s largest town voted to suspend their six-week siege and withdraw for the winter. But as they prepared to pull out, surprising news reached the rebels that changed the course of the Revolution.

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