Texian Iliad: A Military History of Texas Revolution

Texian Iliad: A Military History of Texas Revolution


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Winner, T. R. Fehrenbach Book Award
Texas Historical Commission
Summerfield G. Roberts Award
Sons of the Republic of Texas
Honorable Mention, Certificate of Commendation, American Association for State and Local History

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 award-winning book belongs on the bookshelf of everyone interested in Texas or military history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292731028
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 01/28/1996
Pages: 321
Sales rank: 583,402
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Stephen L. Hardin currently teaches history at the Victoria College in Victoria, Texas.

Table of Contents

  • List of Illustrations
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. "We Are All Captains and Have Our Views"
  • 2. "Not Withstanding Peculiar Circumstances"
  • 3. "We Flogged Them Like Hell"
  • 4. "The Spectacle Becomes Appalling"
  • 5. "Crude Bumpkins. Proud and Overbearing"
  • 6. "Scoundrels Abroad and Scoundrels at Home"
  • 7. "Determined Valor and Desperate Courage"
  • 8. "We Are in a Critical Situation"
  • 9. "The Enemy Are Laughing You to Scorn"
  • 10. "Nock There Brains Out"
  • Photographs and Portraits
  • Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index

What People are Saying About This

Mike Cox

Mike Cox, Austin American-Statesman

Hardin has succeeded admirably in writing a balanced military history of the revolution, making an important contribution to the extensive body of work on the struggle that eventually led to Texas' becoming part of the United States.

David J. Weber

David J. Weber, Robert and Nancy Dedman Professor of History, Southern Methodist University

I look forward to consulting this book for the rest of my career!

Paula Mitchell Marks

Paula Mitchell Marks, Texas Monthly

In Texian Iliad you smell the smoke of battle.

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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.