Was General Martín Perfecto de Cos leader of the Mexicans in Texas during the Texas Revolution?

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General Martín Perfecto de Cos was one of several Mexican military leaders during the Texas Revolution. At the time that the fighting began, General Cos was the commander of the Mexican Army in the neighboring state of Coahuila. He headed into Texas with only 300 soldiers with the intent of...

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General Martín Perfecto de Cos was one of several Mexican military leaders during the Texas Revolution. At the time that the fighting began, General Cos was the commander of the Mexican Army in the neighboring state of Coahuila. He headed into Texas with only 300 soldiers with the intent of arresting the rebellion's leaders. However, he found himself greatly outnumbered, and after the 56 day siege of San Antonio, General Cos was forced to surrender to Stephen Austin. Austin allowed Cos and his soldiers to leave Texas with the pledge that they would not interfere with Texan independence again. However, they soon met up with General Santa Anna and rejoined the effort to put down the rebellion.

At the Battle of the Alamo, General Cos was in charge of the three hundred Mexican soldiers who overran the mission's north wall and took control of the rebel holdout. He was also present at the Santa Anna's defeat at the Battle of San Jacinto, after which he was captured by Texan forces.

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The Mexican General Martín Perfecto de Cos (1800–1854) was  in command of a portion of the Mexican army during the Texas Revolution of 1835-1836. Married to Lucinda Lopez de Santa Anna, Cos was the brother-in-law of dictator and army commander, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Cos commanded a wing of the Mexican army that besieged The Alamo on March 6, 1836; his men eventually overran the defenders of The Alamo's north wall. After the fall of The Alamo, Santa Anna divided his forces, and Cos and his 500 men reached San Jacinto on the day of the battle; he was taken prisoner three days later.

Cos had been named the Mexican commander during the initial rebellion in 1835, but his forces were trapped in San Antonio by Texian troops led by Stephen F. Austin. After a nearly two-month siege, Cos surrendered the city but was allowed to leave with his troops, meeting up with forces led by Santa Anna. Cos later commanded a garrison of troops in the Mexican-American War but saw no significant action.

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