Texas and the Mexican War: A Chronicle of the Winning of the Southwest, Volume 24

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Yale University Press, 1921 - Mexican War, 1846-1848 - 273 pages
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Page 188 - As war exists, and, notwithstanding all our efforts to avoid it, exists by the act of Mexico herself, we are called upon by every consideration of duty and patriotism to vindicate with decision the honor, the rights, and the interests of our country.
Page 71 - The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected. I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country — Victory or Death. WILLIAM BARRET TRAVIS. Lt. Col. comdt.
Page 229 - The jacobin convention of France never sent to one of its armies in the field a more amiable and accomplished instrument. If you were armed with an ambulatory guillotine, you would be the personification of Danton, Marat, and St. Just — all in one.
Page 188 - A party of dragoons of 63 men and officers were on the same day dispatched from the American camp up the Rio del Norte, on its left bank, to ascertain whether the Mexican troops had crossed or were preparing to cross the river, "became engaged with a large body of these troops, and after a short affair, in which some 16 were killed and wounded appear to have been surrounded and compelled to surrender.
Page 71 - FELLOW CITIZENS AND COMPATRIOTS : — I am besieged by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna. I have sustained a continual bombardment and cannonade for 24 hours and have not lost a man. The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken. I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender or retreat.
Page 187 - The strong desire to establish peace with Mexico on liberal and honorable terms, and the readiness of this Government to regulate and adjust our boundary and other causes of difference with that power on such fair and equitable principles as would lead to permanent relations of the most friendly nature, induced me in September last [1845] to seek the reopening of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Page 71 - I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism and everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid with all dispatch.
Page 188 - Matamoras assumed a belligerent attitude, and on the 12th of April General Ampudia, then in command, notified General Taylor to break up his camp within twenty-four hours and to retire beyond the Nueces River, and in the event of his failure to comply with these demands announced that arms, and arms alone, must decide the question.
Page 166 - Resolved, that our title to the whole of the Territory of Oregon is clear and unquestionable...
Page 138 - he was not prepared to say whether the British Government would consent hereafter to make. such compensation to Texas as would enable the Slaveholders to abolish slavery, the object is deemed so important perhaps they might, though he could not say certainly.

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