Texas, New Mexico, and the Compromise of 1850: Boundary Dispute and Sectional Crisis

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Writing from the vantage point of the Texas–New Mexico boundary issue, Mark J. Stegmaier provides definitive analysis of the dispute settled by the last great accord on sectional issues between North and South—the Compromise of 1850. Considering the crisis’s overall implication for the Civil War, he meticulously examines Texas and New Mexico documents, U.S. government records, maps, newspapers—particularly reports by Washington correspondents—and collections of personal letters. In addition, he introduces a ...

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Overview

Writing from the vantage point of the Texas–New Mexico boundary issue, Mark J. Stegmaier provides definitive analysis of the dispute settled by the last great accord on sectional issues between North and South—the Compromise of 1850. Considering the crisis’s overall implication for the Civil War, he meticulously examines Texas and New Mexico documents, U.S. government records, maps, newspapers—particularly reports by Washington correspondents—and collections of personal letters. In addition, he introduces a revisionist analysis of roll-call voting in the U.S. Congress and Texas legislature. Stegmaier recounts how, with the support of Southern radicals, Texas attempted to extend its jurisdiction despite opposition from New Mexicans and U.S. political leaders. Threatened by military occupation, New Mexicans countered by seeking free-state status, while Presidents Taylor and Fillmore committed U.S. forces to defend the territory against a Texas attack.

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Mark J. Stegmaier is professor of history at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, where he has taught since 1975. Currently he is researching a book on Congress during the 1860–61 secession crisis.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

1 The Boundary Dispute from Its Origins to the Mexican War 5

2 Santa Fe County, Texas, or New Mexico Territory, U.S.A.? 1846-1850 21

3 Neighbors, Munroe, and McCall: Three Men and the Fate of New Mexico 63

4 The Momentous Thirty-First Congress Begins 85

5 New Mexico Seeks Statehood 115

6 Texas-New Mexico and the Omnibus Bill Debate, May 8-JuIy 9, 1850 135

7 The Fillmore Administration's Baptism: Texas-New Mexico Destroys the Omnibus 167

8 Carrot and Stick: The Pearce Bill and Executive Firmness 201

9 The U.S. Military Response to the Boundary Dispute 221

10 Texan Rage, Summer 1850 237

11 The U.S. House and Texas-New Mexico, August-September 1850 261

12 Completion of Victory 295

Conclusion 315

Appendixes

A Blocs in Texas Senate on New Mexico Jurisdiction Resolution, January 1850 323

B Roll Call Votes in U.S. Senate (Thirty-First Congress, First Session) That Define Pro- and Anti-Compromise Blocs 325

C Texas Legislature, August-September 1850 331

D Roll Call Votes in U.S. House of Representatives (Thirty-First Congress, First Session) That Define Pro- and Anti-Compromise Blocs 337

E The Texas-New Mexico Boundary Dispute in Comparative Perspective 347

F The Popular Vote on the Compromise in Texas Reported in the Austin State Gazette, January II, 1850 351

Notes 355

Essay on Sources 417

Index 421

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