Soldiers of Misfortune: The Somervell and Mier Expeditions by Haynes, Sam W.

Soldiers of Misfortune: The Somervell and Mier Expeditions

byHaynes, Sam W.

Paperback | January 1, 1997

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The Somervell and Mier Expeditions of 1842, culminating in the famous "black bean episode" in which Texas prisoners drew white or black beans to determine who would be executed by their Mexican captors, still capture the public imagination in Texas. But were the Texans really martyrs in a glorious cause, or undisciplined soldiers defying their own government? How did the Mier Expedition affect the border disputes between the Texas Republic and Mexico? What role did Texas President Sam Houston play? These are the questions that Sam Haynes addresses in this very readable book, which includes many dramatic excerpts from the diaries and letters of expedition participants.

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Title:Soldiers of Misfortune: The Somervell and Mier ExpeditionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.75 inPublished:January 1, 1997Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292731159

ISBN - 13:9780292731158

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • 1. "Carthage Must Be Destroyed"
  • 2. The Vásquez and Woll Incursions
  • 3. The Southwestern Army of Operations
  • 4. The March to Laredo
  • 5. The Battle of Mier
  • 6. "Our National Calamity"
  • 7. The Black Bean Episode
  • 8. "There Is No Hope of Release"
  • 9. "A Mysterious Silence"
  • 10. "A Fragile Peace"
  • 11. The Annexation Crisis
  • 12. Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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Were the Texans really martyrs in a glorious cause, or undisciplined soldiers defying their own government? How did the Mier Expedition affect the border disputes between the Texas Republic and Mexico? What role did Texas President Sam Houston play? These are all questions that Sam Haynes addresses in this very readable book, which contains excerpts from the diaries and letters of actual participants.

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"Sam W. Haynes has provided an excellent, well-written account of the ill-fated Texas expeditions against Mexico in the 1840s. Not only does the author cover these events in entertaining detail, he scrupulously places them in the context of the political and diplomatic realities of the Texas Republic. He also takes care to be even-handed in his treatment of Texans and Mexicans.... superb storytelling and penetrating analysis." - Password