Texian Iliad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution, 1835-1836

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University of Texas Press, 1996 - History - 373 pages
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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 highly readable history, Stephen L. Hardin discovers more than a little truth in both of those views. Drawing on many original Texan and Mexican sources and on-site inspections of almost every battlefield, he offers the first complete military history of the Revolution. From the war's opening in the "Come and Take It" incident at Gonzales to the capture of General Santa Anna at San Jacinto, Hardin clearly describes the strategy and tactics of each side. His research yields new knowledge of the actions of famous Texan and Mexican leaders, as well as fascinating descriptions of battle and camp life from the ordinary soldier's point of view. This in-depth coverage provides a balanced view of the Revolution that fairly assesses the conduct of both Texans and Mexicans. Texian Iliad belongs on the bookshelf of everyone interested in Texas or military history.

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Review: Texian Iliad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution, 1835-1836

User Review  - Juan - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

Review: Texian Iliad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution, 1835-1836

User Review  - Fredrick Danysh - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

About the author (1996)

Stephen L. Hardin teaches history at The Victoria College in Texas and is the author of The Texas Rangers and Texian Iliad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution.

Gary Stephen Zaboly is a highly regarded expert on the 18th-century Rangers. Gary has written many articles for military magazines, and has illustrated and co-written several books, including 'Blood of Noble Men' and 'Roger's St Francis Raid.' His artwork appears in permanent exhibitions at The Alamo, Texas, and at the Lake George Historical Association.

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