New Orleans and the Texas Revolution

Overview


One of the least known but most important battles of the Texas Revolution occurred not with arms but with words, not in Texas but in New Orleans. In the fall of 1835, Creole mercantile houses that backed the Mexican Federalists in their opposition to Santa Anna essentially lost the fight for Texas to the Americans of the Faubourg St. Marie. As a result, New Orleans capital, some $250,000 in loans, and New Orleans men and arms—two companies known as the New Orleans Greys—went to support the upstart Texians in ...
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Overview


One of the least known but most important battles of the Texas Revolution occurred not with arms but with words, not in Texas but in New Orleans. In the fall of 1835, Creole mercantile houses that backed the Mexican Federalists in their opposition to Santa Anna essentially lost the fight for Texas to the Americans of the Faubourg St. Marie. As a result, New Orleans capital, some $250,000 in loans, and New Orleans men and arms—two companies known as the New Orleans Greys—went to support the upstart Texians in their battle against Santa Anna.

Author Edward L. Miller has delved into previously unused or overlooked papers housed in New Orleans to reconstruct a chain of events that set the Crescent City in many ways at the center of the Texian fight for independence. Not only did New Orleans business interests send money and men to Texas in exchange for promises of land, but they also provided newspaper coverage that set the scene for later American annexation of the young republic.

In New Orleans and the Texas Revolution, Miller follows other historians in arguing that Texian leaders recognized the importance of securing financial and popular support from New Orleans. He has gone beyond others, though, in exploring the details of the organizing efforts there and the motives of the pro-Texian forces. On October 13, 1835, a powerful group of financiers and businessmen met at Banks Arcade and formed the Committee on Texas Affairs. Miller deftly mines the long-ignored documentation of this meeting and the group that grew out of it, to raise significant questions. He also carefully documents the military efforts based in New Orleans, from the disastrous Tampico Expedition to the formation of two companies of New Orleans Greys and their tragic fates at the Alamo and Goliad.

Whatever their motives, Miller argues, Texas became a life-long preoccupation for many who attended that crucial meeting at Banks Arcade. And the history of Texas was changed because of that preoccupation.

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Editorial Reviews

Alwyn Barr

“The author develops the most complete account available to date on efforts by New Orleans businessmen to raise funds and gather soldiers for Texas resistance to centralization of government in Mexico”--Alwyn Barr, Professor of History, Texas Tech University
Southwestern Historical Quarterly
"In a book that sparkles with remarkably thorough and innovative research, San Antonio history teacher Edward L. Miller relates the drama of the Texas Revolution as seen from just offstage in New Orleans."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585443581
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author


Edward L. Miller is dean of curriculum at Hal Peterson Middle School, Kerrville, Texas. In 2002 he was inducted into the International WHO’S WHO of Professional Educators. As president of the San Antonio Living History Association, he became interested in the New Orleans Volunteer Greys and began doing research on them in New Orleans. This book is the product of his work.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Ch. 1 New Orleans in 1835 6
Ch. 2 Anfictiones 19
Ch. 3 Nacogdoches land men 37
Ch. 4 The big men 56
Ch. 5 Immigrant soldiers 71
Ch. 6 Disaster at Tampico 85
Ch. 7 San Antonio de Bexar, La Bahia, and the Texas Navy 108
Ch. 8 The Texas agency in New Orleans 129
Ch. 9 A new government, military tragedy and triumph, and the Texas Navy 152
Ch. 10 Confusion and the clash of the Texas agencies at New Orleans 177
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