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The Resource Fifty miles and a fight : Major Samuel Peter Heintzelman's journal of Texas and the Cortina war, edited and with an introduction by Jerry Thompson

Fifty miles and a fight : Major Samuel Peter Heintzelman's journal of Texas and the Cortina war, edited and with an introduction by Jerry Thompson

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Fifty miles and a fight : Major Samuel Peter Heintzelman's journal of Texas and the Cortina war
Title
Fifty miles and a fight
Title remainder
Major Samuel Peter Heintzelman's journal of Texas and the Cortina war
Statement of responsibility
edited and with an introduction by Jerry Thompson
Title variation
50 miles and a fight
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Fifty Miles and a Fight: Major Samuel Peter Heintzelman's Journal of Texas and the Cortina War, a rare and dramatic firsthand account of one of the most volatile and traumatic events in the long history of Texas - the Cortina War - chronicles the day-to-day activities of one of the most cultured, dedicated, and well-respected (although often vain) officers of the antebellum frontier army. It was while Heintzelman was at Camp Verde, Texas, on September 28, 1859, that a daring thirty-five-year-old illiterate ranchero named Juan Nepomuceno Cortina sent shockwaves throughout Texas by brazenly leading some seventy-five angry raiders into the dung-splattered streets of Brownsville
  • Heintzelman's journal begins on a sunny and optimistic New Orleans day, April 17, 1859, with his family on its way to Texas, and ends on a depressingly cool and overcast December 31, 1861, also in the Crescent City, with secession fever sweeping the South and the nation on the verge of war
  • Fifty Miles and a Fight magnifies the brutal nature of the Texas Rangers, a portrayal not readily evident in other sources. Not only does Heintzelman, who was placed in command of the Brownsville Expedition with orders to crush Cortina, record his disdain and distrust of the Rangers, but also their indiscriminate killing of both mexicanos and tejanos. Heintzelman's journal, which reads like a Zane Grey thriller, provides a detailed and vivid account of the battles at El Ebonal and Rio Grande City as well as glimpses into the filibustering activities of the shadowy Knights of the Golden Circle, who were hoping to expand the Cortina War into a larger conflict that would lead to the eventual annexation of Mexico and the creation of a slave empire south of the Rio Grande
  • Tired of a clique of Brownsville attorneys, resentful of men he accused of killing tejanos with impunity, and determined to settle a blood feud with bitter enemy Adolphus Glavecke, Cortina initiated a war that would reverberate north to Austin and beyond to the halls of Washington and Mexico City
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
972/.014
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F391.C77
LC item number
H45 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Fifty miles and a fight : Major Samuel Peter Heintzelman's journal of Texas and the Cortina war, edited and with an introduction by Jerry Thompson
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Published ... in cooperation with the Center for Studies in Texas History at the University of Texas at Austin"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 308-316) and index
Control code
37675809
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vi, 328 p.
Isbn
9780876111604
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97040366
Note
Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Purchased, 1997. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
ill., maps
Label
Fifty miles and a fight : Major Samuel Peter Heintzelman's journal of Texas and the Cortina war, edited and with an introduction by Jerry Thompson
Publication
Note
"Published ... in cooperation with the Center for Studies in Texas History at the University of Texas at Austin"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 308-316) and index
Control code
37675809
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vi, 328 p.
Isbn
9780876111604
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97040366
Note
Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Purchased, 1997. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
ill., maps

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