Shell - "Two Storms Passing"
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"Two Storms Passing"
The two massive images represent a challenging and awkward moment just a few days before the Texas Army encountered Santa Anna's forces at San Jacinto. As the Texians marched on the muddy prairie roads, closer and closer to a confrontation that would occur just a few miles northeast of the Shell manufacturing site, a fiery Texian woman by the name of Pamelia Mann came riding up to General Sam Houston, seething with anger. The oxen pulling the cannon out of the mud were hers, and seemingly Houston had just broken a promise with her by marching the army, and her precious animals, into harm's way.
"General, you told me a damn lie," she yelled at Houston. "You said that you was going on the Nacogdoches Road. Sir, I want my oxen!" A widow, Pamelia Mann's oxen were a means to her survival. Willing to loan her precious farm stock to assist the army's march, she could not chance losing the animals in battle.
General Houston softly replied that the borrowed oxen couldn't be spared because the cannon was stuck in the mud. "I don't care a damn for your cannon," she roared. "I want my oxen!"
One soldier noted that Mrs. Mann was heavily armed when she slid down from her horse, unsheathed a large knife, and cut the rawhide tug holding the chain to the oxen. Reportedly, no one said a word. Mrs. Mann wheeled the oxen around and pulled them in the opposite direction, away from the cannon.
Despite the vocal concerns from his men about the impending hardships, General Houston jumped off his horse and announced, "Come on boys. Let's get this cannon out of the mud." About seven or eight other soldiers joined their commander and strained to get the cannon out of the quagmire.