El Neil replies:
My reply is that anyone can speculate, a century and three quarters after the fact. For some unknown reason, Robert E. Lee, unquestionably a great general, declined to capture Washington, D.C. when he might easily have done so. It was oneof two great mistakes he acknowledged later in kife (the other was surrendering),
Let's just say that, lacking their victory at San Jacinto, Houston and Crockett would have set up some other kind of trap, equally clever and deadly. Anybody desperate and determined enough to load his cannon with horseshoes cut in half (even Henry Knox didn't think of that) can't be properly predicted.