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Recollections of a Tejano Life

Antonio Menchaca in Texas History

Edited by Timothy Matovina and Jesús F. de la Teja

Publication Year: 2013

The first complete, annotated publication of the reminiscences of San Antonio native and Battle of San Jacinto veteran José Antonio Menchaca, with commentary that contextualizes and debates Menchaca’s claims while delivering a rich portrait of Tejano life in the nineteenth century.

Published by: University of Texas Press

Series: Jack and Doris Smothers Series in Texas History, Life, and Culture


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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-xii

...Our purpose in writing this volume is to provide the first complete and annotated publication of the reminiscences of nineteenth-century San Antonio native and San Jacinto veteran José Antonio Menchaca. The original manuscript for the first half of the reminiscences is no longer extant, though the material it contains has been published twice and is known to a number of historians and readers of Texas history. But to date many researchers are not even aware...

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Introduction. Antonio Menchaca in Texas History

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pp. 1-40

...A boisterous crowd paraded through the streets of San Antonio to the city’s Alamo Plaza on the morning of 2 March 1859. Led by a band of musicians and members of the Alamo Rifles volunteer militia, the entourage included military officers, the San Antonio Fire Association, the mayor and other local officials, teachers and schoolchildren, community members, and about twenty persons with badges identifying them as the “veterans of ’36,” all gathered...

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Edited Reminiscences of José Antonio Menchaca: Part 1

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pp. 41-78

...Many of these citizens answered them that they could rely upon help from here, that there were a great many here who would willingly enter into the plot. While considering the measures they were to adopt to secure their ends, the plotters were suspected and from fifteen to twenty of the leaders were arrested. Some were shot, others remained here in prison, and others were sent to prison in Chihuahua. Among those who were sent to Chihuahua was Captain...

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Edited Reminiscences of José Antonio Menchaca: Part 2

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pp. 79-118

...We dug trenches and buried them with our own seven dead5 and returned to our camp, where I found General Houston surrounded by his staff, and they were all in high glee over the brilliant victory of the day previous and all the army were in fine spirits. The battle of San Jacinto was the most brilliant feat of arms I have ever witnessed and has immortalized Houston, his brave staff, and the army that participated in it and makes a beautiful page...

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The Memoirs of Captain Menchaca: Being an Unpublished Manuscript Detailing Events in San Antonio from 1807 to the Battle of San Jacinto

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pp. 119-142

...I was born in 1800, was baptized in the church of San Fernando de Austria on the 12th of January same year; was raised in San Fernando de Austria. From the year 1807 I remember events clearly; when came the express order from the king of Spain to the Lieut. Col. Antonio Cordero to select two hundred and fifty men from the king’s service to go and establish the Spanish line on the Sabine River. He did so and went to “reconocer.” Having returned from...

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The Unpublished Second Part of the Menchaca Manuscript

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pp. 143-172

...Jacinto & Buffalo Bayou Banks drawn up into a line, Among them was Genl Almonte and col Bringas who surrendered to me. I found among them a great many badly wounded men and I made those who were not wounded make bridges with their hands & carry the wounded on them to our camp many of whom did not live to reach it— It was now growing dusk—Rusk Allen and Morelavecka asked me to take the well prisoners and make them cut wood and...


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pp. 173-178


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pp. 179-190

E-ISBN-13: 9780292748668
E-ISBN-10: 0292748663
Print-ISBN-13: 9780292748651
Print-ISBN-10: 0292748655

Page Count: 202
Illustrations: 9 photos, 1 chart
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: Jack and Doris Smothers Series in Texas History, Life, and Culture
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OCLC Number: 857670524
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Subject Headings

  • Menchaca, Antonio, 1800-1879.
  • Mexican Americans -- Texas -- Biography.
  • Soldiers -- Texas -- Biography.
  • Texas -- History -- Revolution, 1835-1836 -- Personal narratives.
  • Texas -- History -- To 1846 -- Sources.
  • Texas -- History -- 1846-1950 -- Sources.
  • San Antonio (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
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