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 Texas : Central Texas / Trips : The Road to Independence : Monument Hill

MONUMENT HILL

THE SOMERVELL/ MIER EXPEDITION
"Soldiers of Misfortune"

Lagrange Tx - Centennial Monument
Centennial Monument
From "Monuments Commemorating the Centenary of Texas Independence", State of Texas, 1938

Courtesy Sarah Reveley
Lagrange Tx - Centennial Monument Description
Centennial Monument Description
From "Monuments Commemorating the Centenary of Texas Independence", State of Texas, 1938
Courtesy Sarah Reveley

Mier Expedition and Dawson's Men:

  • Members of the Mier Expedition
  • Member of Captain Nicholas M. Dawson's Company of Volunteers
    (From "Monuments Commemorating the Centenary of Texas Independence", State of Texas, 1938. Courtesy Sarah Reveley)

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    Recollections of a Mier Expedition Survivor by Murray Montgomery
    Texas troops, led by Alexander Somervell, pursued the Mexicans for a while, but Somervell had second thoughts about crossing into Mexico... more

    Two exceptional books are available at the park's gift shop/museum dealing with this misguided foray into Mexico in 1842. "Soldiers of Misfortune" by Sam W. Haynes, and a 60.00 tome which could substitute for a blunt instrument is there for the more than amateur historian. The author died before finishing the book but his notes were edited and a second volume is planned.
    1842 found Austin still receiving attacks from Comanches, Mexico with a standing army bigger than the United States (even when they sat down), and a Texan Militia wherein insubordination was considered a virtue. Mr. Haynes' detailed book reads faster than a mystery. If you wanted to pique a young reader's interest in Texas History, this could be the book. ...... The Sommervell-Mier Expeditions continued >

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