People who turn out to be on the wrong side of history have a tendency to keep quiet.
So it's understandable if you believe all Anglos in Texas during the revolution stood against Santa Anna.
But such is not the case. Texas had its Tories. And at least as late as November of 1835, they were in the majority.
They were called Tories by those Texians who wanted to declare independence posthaste. As American Tories had remained loyal to King George during the American Revolution thought it the best course, Texas Tories believed allegiance to whatever government occupied the halls of power in Mexico city was in their best interest... and that of Texas.
They called themselves the Peace Party, so you can probably guess what members of the opposition were called. Yup, they were the War Party.
And they differed from each other not just politically, but demographically.
While the fire breathers of the War Party were mostly in their twenties, owned little property, and came from less populous or frontier areas of the US, the Texas Tories tended to be older, owned more property in all its forms, and usually came from the more settled states of the American union.
And like I said, they were in the majority, either because they felt they could work with Santa Anna, or because they didn't think they whip his army. Chalk it up the natural wariness of those with much to lose.
Writing from San Felipe de Austin in the summer of 1835, William Barrett Travis said, "The people are much divided here. The Peace Party, I believe is the strongest, and make much the most noise."
The people may not have been as divided as Travis thought. In November of that year, the Consultation voted two to one in favor of remaining a part of Mexico.
But by February of 1836 the tide had turned.
It wasn't just Santa Anna's army showing up at the back door that lead to the opinion change. Many members of the Peace Party took issue with demands from the military authorities that Texas civil officials arrest the leaders of the War Party.
Though they disagreed with them, most Texas Tories still thought those hot heads had a right to their political opinions.
But even with the war begun, some still held on to their loyalist views. Most of these Tories were living east of the Trinity River. (In an 1837 letter, Gail Borden sketched the area around Galveston and labeled the Bolivar Peninsula as Tory Land.)
On April 20, 1836, twenty horsemen were spotted on a rise across the river from what would become the San Jacinto Battlefield the following afternoon. When they observed the Texians capture a Mexican supply boat, they turned and rode away. This confounded Texian observes who had presumed them to be new volunteers coming to join the army.
It was later learned they were there to escort Santa Anna to the Sabine so he could fulfill his pledge to plant the Mexican flag on its eastern bank. The rise where those horsemen were seen has been known ever since as Tory Hill.
After the battle, a list of as many of 150 Texas Tories living along the Trinity was found in Santa Anna's baggage. Sam Houston, ever taking the long view, didn't have them rounded up.
Instead he sent word to them that Santa Anna was whipped and they might as well get on board with independence.
Many joined the army in the months that followed.