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Texian Iliad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution, 1835-1836
Hardly were the last shots fired at the Alamo before the Texas Revolution entered the realm of myth and controversy. French visitor Frederic Gaillardet called it a "Texian Iliad" in 1839, while American Theodore Sedgwick pronounced the war and its resulting legends "almost burlesque." In this new, highly readable history, Stephen L. Hardin discovers more than a little trut ...more
Paperback, 373 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by University of Texas Press
(first published 1994)
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This is an interesting book on the the Texas Revolution of 1835-36. It's not the typical glorification of the Texans. He discusses how disorganized the Texas population was concerning the revolution. Victory was achieved more on blunders by Santa Anna than Texian efforts. The Mexican policy of no prisoners led to atrocities at the Alamo and Goliad. These atrocities were repaid at San Jacinto. Interesting look at the Texas Revolution.
I purchased this book in San Antonio after visiting the Alamo and other historic sites. It appears to be a good book for the military historian, but is not a compelling novel. The author reports that: 1. the separation of Texas, the southwest, from Mexico did not end Mexico's intent to recapture these lands, 2. the risk of invasion from Mexico did not end until the US's "War with Mexico" and the US occupation of Mexico City, 3. the heroism and sacrifice were real, and 4. the rebels won in spite ...more
Puts the reader on the ground to bring into focus the complexities of the fascinating history of Texas and those that played vital roles. The forces and circumstances that brought forth a republic are eye opening and they all seem to swell from the ridiculous and seemingly pompous ass Santa Ana and his Napoleon of the west thrifty methods of warfare and engagement. For his suspect military prowess, Santa Anna lacked the imagination to understand the disadvantage posed by the Kentucky long rifles ...more
Tremendous. Scrupulously fair, exhaustively researched, direct and unsparing in its critical appraisals, and utterly lacking in Anglo chauvinism or self-justifying triumphalism. At times I disagreed with the emphasis given to the significance of certain tactical factors (e.g. all Anglo victories coming in close terrain that benefitted sharp-shooting riflemen, etc.), but this is a very minor quibble. This book is the definitive military account of the Texas Revolution.
A concise military history of the Texas Revolution of 1835-36. A good book that raises interesting questions about the most famous battles of Texas history, but also describes the skirmishes and other small battles that led to Texas independence from Mexico. Well worth the read.
This book dashes some "texas/texan" stereotypes to the ground and firmly confirms others. The author did an excellent job of presenting the military history of the events surrounding the Alamo in a highly entertaining, unbiased, and informational manner while adding just enough "color" (from actual accounts of those involved in the incidents) to keep it all rolling.
An interesting history of the events regarding the war for independence of Texas from Mexico. Addresses the fact that the war was over the Mexican dictator, Santa Anna de Lopez failing to abide by the Mexican Constitution of 1824. It also emphasizes that many hispanic Texicans sided with the revolutionary forces.