Mier Expedition Diary: A Texan Prisoner's Account by Joseph D. McCutchan

Mier Expedition Diary: A Texan Prisoner's Account

byJoseph D. McCutchanEditorJoseph Milton NanceForeword byJane A. Kenamore

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Few episodes in Texas history have excited more popular interest than the Mier Expedition of 1842. Nineteen-year-old Joseph D. McCutchan was among the 300 Texans who, without the cover of the Lone Star flag, launched their own disastrous invasion across the Rio Grande.

McCutchan's diary provides a vivid account of his experience—the Texans' quick dispatch by Mexican troops at the town of Mier, the hardships of a forced march to Mexico City, over twenty months of imprisonment, and the journey back home after release. Although there are other firsthand accounts of the Mier Expedition, McCutchan was the only diarist who followed the Tampico route to Mexico City. His account documents a different experience than that of the main body of prisoners who marched to the national capital by way of Monterrey, Saltillo, and Agua Nueva.

Among the last of the prisoners to be freed, McCutchan covers in his journal the whole period of confinement from December 26, 1842, to the final release on September 16, 1844.

The McCutchan diary is set apart from other Mier accounts not only by the new information it provides, but also by Joseph Milton Nance's superb editing. Nance is an acknowledged authority on the hostilities between Texas and Mexico during the era of the Texas Republic. He has transcribed, edited, and annotated the diary with characteristic scholarship and painstaking attention to detail.

About The Author

Joseph Milton Nance (1913-1997) was Professor of History at Texas A&M University.

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Title:Mier Expedition Diary: A Texan Prisoner's AccountFormat:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 8 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 1, 2014Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0292780915

ISBN - 13:9780292780910

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Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Biographical Sketch of Joseph D. McCutchan
  • THE DIARY
  • Introductory Chapter
  • Chapter of Preface
  • I. Departure for the Rio Grande
  • II. Capture of Loredo by the Texians
  • III. The Texians Reorganize under Col. Wm. S. Fisher
  • IV. The Disposition of the Men as Related to Our Engagement with the Enemy
  • V. The Disposition of the Wounded Texians Made by Ampudia
  • V-a. McCutchan’s March to Mexico City
  • VI. March of the Main Body of Prisoners towards the City of Mexico
  • VII. An Account of the March of Col. Fisher and His Companions
  • VIII. On the Way Home
  • IX. List of Men Comprising the Command of Col. Wm. S. Fisher
  • Appendices
  • Bibliography
  • Index