By Joseph Milton Nance
It is 1842—a dramatic 12 months within the background of Texas-Mexican kin. After 5 years of uneasy peace, of futile negotiations, of border raids and transitority, unofficial truces, a chain of army activities upsets the precarious stability among the 2 international locations. once again the Mexican military marches on Texas soil; once again the frontier settlers enhance their strongholds for cover or assemble their assets for flight. two times San Antonio falls to Mexican generals; two times the Texans gather armies for the invasion of Mexico. it really is 1842—a 12 months of assault and counterattack.
This is the tale that Joseph Milton Nance relates, with a definitiveness and immediacy which come from decades of meticulous learn. The intriguing tale of 1842 is a narrative of feelings which had simmered during the lengthy, insecure years and which now boil out in blustery threats and calls for for vengeance. The Texans threaten to march past the Sierra Madres and lift their flag at Monterrey; the Mexicans promise to subdue this upstart Texas and to educate its treacherous population their position. With communications terrible and imaginations fertile, rumors amplify probability banditry into army raids, army raids into full-scale invasions. Newspapers incite their readers with superdramatic, intoxicating money owed of the occasions. Texans and Mexicans alike reply with a type of insanity that has very little procedure. Texas solicits volunteers, calls out troops, plans invasions, and assembles her armies, thoroughly brushing off the truth that her treasury is essentially empty—there is little funds to shop for weapons. in the meantime, in Mexico, the place gold and silver are wanted for different reasons, "invasions" of Texas are launched—but they're simply short forays greater for notable exposure than for everlasting gains.
Still, the conflicts of probability and retaliation, so frequently futile, are usually dignified by way of idealism, friendship, braveness, and backbone. either Mexicans and Texans are combating and loss of life for liberty, protecting their houses opposed to overseas invaders, constructing and keeping friendships that pass racial and nationwide limitations, being affected by conflicting loyalties, and—all the while—striving to wrest a dwelling for themselves and their households from the grudging frontier.
Attack and Counterattack, carrying on with the account which was once started in After San Jacinto, tells from unique assets the entire tale of Texas-Mexican family members from the time of the Santa Fe day trip during the go back of the Somervell excursion from the Rio Grande. those books study in nice aspect and with cautious accuracy a interval of Texas historical past that had no longer heretofore been completely studied and that had seldom been given independent remedy. The resource fabrics compiled within the notes and bibliography—particularly the army reviews, letters, diaries, modern newspapers, and broadsides—will be a invaluable instrument for any student who needs to check this or similar periods.
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Attack and Counterattack: The Texas-Mexican Frontier, 1842 by Joseph Milton Nance