Texian Iliad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution, 1835-1836

Texian Iliad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution, 1835-1836

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by Stephen L. Hardin
     
 

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Hardly were the last shots fired at the Alamo before the Texas Revolution entered the realm of myth and controversy. French visitor Frederic Gaillardet called it a "Texian Iliad" in 1839, while American Theodore Sedgwick pronounced the war and its resulting legends "almost burlesque." In this highly readable history, Stephen L. Hardin discovers more than a little…  See more details below

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Hardly were the last shots fired at the Alamo before the Texas Revolution entered the realm of myth and controversy. French visitor Frederic Gaillardet called it a "Texian Iliad" in 1839, while American Theodore Sedgwick pronounced the war and its resulting legends "almost burlesque." In this highly readable history, Stephen L. Hardin discovers more than a little truth in both of those views. Drawing on many original Texan and Mexican sources and on-site inspections of almost every battlefield, he offers the first complete military history of the Revolution. From the war's opening in the "Come and Take It" incident at Gonzales to the capture of General Santa Anna at San Jacinto, Hardin clearly describes the strategy and tactics of each side. His research yields new knowledge of the actions of famous Texan and Mexican leaders, as well as fascinating descriptions of battle and camp life from the ordinary soldier's point of view. This in-depth coverage provides a balanced view of the Revolution that fairly assesses the conduct of both Texans and Mexicans. Texian Iliad belongs on the bookshelf of everyone interested in Texas or military history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292792524
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Series:
Texas Classics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
419,936
File size:
3 MB

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Texian Iliad: A Military History of Texas Revolution 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm visiting San Antonio for work soon and planning on seeing the Alamo so I thought I would read something about it first so I know the significance of what I'm looking at. This book was well written and informative. It didn't take forever to read like some history books. Just what I was looking for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How can a book barely over 200 pages have 70 pages of reference? The battle of the Alamo is glossed over and there is more discussion of the pre and post Alamo skirmishes. Do not recommend it.