New Orleans and the Texas Revolution
Publication Year: 2004
Published by: Texas A&M University Press
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During the statewide sesquicentennial commemoration in 1986, the annual meeting of the Texas State Historical Association featured eclectic sessions that celebrated aspects of Texas’s varied culture over the 150 years since its separation from Mexico. I remember leading the singing of “Texas,Our Texas” at an elaborate birthday party that included a gigantic birthday cake with ...
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Little could I imagine how important my involvement in historical reenacting would be in the writing of this book. The genesis for this work started with a simple effort—as a reenactor—to determine the image of the uniform of the New Orleans Greys and eventually the details of the lives of these men. My search ultimately led me to more intriguing discoveries as I stumbled upon ...
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History is full of ironies. In December, 1835, John K.West, president of the Louisiana State Marine and Fire Insurance Company in New Orleans, along with a host of other insurance company presidents, issued a protest to New Orleans District Attorney Henry Carleton urging him to stop the arming of the Texian schooner Brutus by Texian agents.Their concern was that the schooner ...
1. New Orleans in 1835
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In 1835 the editor of the New Orleans Bee proclaimed, “That New Orleans will rival New York in a few years,we have every reason to conclude from great facilities of intercourse and trade every year—almost [every] month— becoming developed.There is very little doubt of the New Orleans and Nashville railroad being completed in 3 or 4 years; and that will open a direct ...
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As editors Jerome Bayon of the New Orleans Bee and J. C. Pendergast of the Louisiana Advertiser waged a media war against the Louisiana Native American Association and John Gibson’s True American, the former vice-president of Mexico,Valentín Gómez Farías, his wife, a daughter, three sons, and one elderly servant were leaving their home in Mexico City. After nearly a year-long journey ...
3. Nacogdoches Land Men
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Nacogdoches merchants Adolphus Sterne and Albert Emanuel landed in New Orleans in September, 1835, with the hope of selling some of their Red River lands and other tracts they owned between the Neches and the Sabine Rivers.1 The deteriorating situation in Texas precipitated drastic measures on the part of individuals like Sterne and Emanuel. Relying on past family connections ...
4. The Big Men
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With life experiences already beyond his years, twenty-year-old Ambrose Cowperthwaite Fulton arrived in New Orleans in late 1831. Born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, he left his parent’s farm in 1827 to work as an assistant to a Philadelphia builder.1 Two years later he became a sailor, traveling along the Atlantic seaboard shipping routes. On one voyage in August, 1829, from ...
5. Immigrant Soldiers
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Many of the men who had volunteered the night before at Banks’s Arcade met the next morning at 7:00 a.m. at Customhouse Square.The New Orleans Customhouse had become an eyesore. The yellow-stuccoed building, which represented the commercial center of the city, was surrounded by a motley array of buildings enclosed in a walled compound. In May, 1835, Jerome Bayon ...
6. Disaster At Tampico
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General José Antonio Mexía had watched anxiously while his own plans of invading Tampico were overshadowed by the organizing and equipping of the New Orleans volunteers.1 Mexía’s and Fisher’s appearance at the Banks’s Arcade meeting on October 13 earned merely a footnote in New Orleans committee secretary James Ramage’s letter to Stephen F.Austin on October 21.Yet, Ramage’s ...
7. San Antonio de B�xar, La Bah�a, and the Texas Navy
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On November 21, after the disastrous defeat at Tampico, General Mexía’s men continued to languish at the fort near the mouth of the Pánuco River.On the same day, Captain Robert Morris’s company of the New Orleans Greys finally arrived in San Antonio de Béxar, with Captain Breece’s company a few days behind. The company commanders reported to General Austin at his ...
8. The Texas Agency in New Orleans
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On New Year’s eve, the residents of New Orleans ushered in the year 1836 with the usual fanfare. Children gleefully lit firecrackers in the streets, local militia units displayed their expertise in the public squares by moonlight, and people scurried about, attending the city’s numerous dancing parties.The next day, January 1, the Bee broke the unofficial news that San Antonio de Béxar had ...
9. A New Government, Military Tragedy and Triumph, and the Texas Navy
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The Texian constitutional convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos convened on March 1, 1836.The weather was bitter cold, and the delegates huddled in the makeshift hall with their cigars and whiskey and made themselves as comfortable as possible. Following parliamentary procedure, the delegates established a quorum necessary to convene. Richard Ellis, a former delegate to the ...
10. Confusion and the Clash of the Texas Agencies at New Orleans
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Financial difficulties continued to vex agents William Bryan and Edward Hall. Bryan wrote to the Texian government that the appointment of special agents had made their job exceedingly difficult. On February 26 he leveled specific criticism against Charles H.Hawkins, captain of the Independence. The Texian commissioners had given Hawkins total control of disbursements ...
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New Orleans was the major commercial center on the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico, and it was also a launching point for revolutionary causes in the region throughout most of the nineteenth century. Beginning with the Hidalgo revolution in Mexico against Spain in the early 1800s and continuing with the Texas revolution in 1835 and 1836,New Orleans would continue to be ...
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Page Count: 312
Illustrations: 5 b&w photos. 1 map.
Publication Year: 2004