By Bartee Haile.
When Mexico City came into view on Dec. 5, 1842, five dozen exhausted and starving Texans dared to hope their three-month march from San Antonio was over at last. Since the release six months earlier of the last members of the Santa Fe Expedition, the infamous stone fortress called Perote had stood empty. But once again its dank dungeons would hold hostages from Texas joined in the near future by 150 more. The poor wretches, who crowded into the rat-infested cells of Perote, were the human trophies of a surprise raid on San Antonio. The Mexicans might not be able to reclaim the land lost at San Jacinto, but they could still make life miserable for the winners.
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