Memoirs of Mary A. Maverickby Mary A. Maverick
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Mary Maverick’s memoirs are a Texas classic. They are valuable as a chronicle of the experiences of a young woman on the Texas frontier; they are made more valuable by her marriage to Samuel Maverick, who was embroiled in much of the turmoil surrounding the young Republic of Texas. Mary and Sam led remarkable lives. Readers who are familiar with Texas history will recognize sackings of San Antonio by Generals Vásquez and Woll, the Runaway Scrape, Jack Hays’ Battle of Walker’s Creek, the Texan Santa Fe Expedition, the Council House Fight, the Battle of Salado Creek, and many other Texas historical landmarks. Notable characters pepper the narrative, including Alexander Somervell, Jack Hays, Dr. George Cupples, Deaf Smith, Cherokee Chief Bowles, Matilda Lockhart, Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, Mirabeau Lamar, Juan Seguin, and too many others to mention. Mary Maverick herself is easily among the most interesting of the characters that appear in this saga. It is worth pausing from time to time and noting the composure with which she relates experiences that might shatter another’s life. The raw drama that attended her frontier days descends into a tragic tone only when she contemplates the death of a child. Even when the Mavericks move from the Colorado River valley to the bleak, windswept Matagorda Peninsula, she mentions only in passing that she was so sick with fever that they laid planks in the horse carriage, allowing her to travel as an invalid. This is not a typical frontier wife’s memoir—it is a first-hand account of the founding of Texas.
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