The decade between the Texas Revolution (1836) and the Mexican War (1845) was a lawless time for my South Texas homeland. Mexico regarded Texas as still theirs, but battles between political factions paralyzed Mexico’s government. The conservative Centrists (the rico landowners in Mexico City and the Church, fought the liberal Federalists who favored local autonomy, small central government and opposed church power. Battles between these two forces were frequent and make for fascinating research.
Texas was not ignored by the Mexican Generals. On March 5, 1842, General Vasquez and 700 men invaded San Antonio. The Texans moved out, and Vasquez, having made his point, returned to Mexico two days later.
Then on September 11 General Adrian Woll, a French soldier of fortune, brought a larger army into San Antonio. Captain Matthew Caldwell (“Old Paint”) and Captain John C. Hayes (“Devil Jack”) rounded up volunteers and marched to Salado Creek, 7 miles north of San Antonio. They hoped to goad Mexican troops into a fight. General Woll came at them with his full force, and the Texans fled in panic. At last the Texans settled into a wooded area where the deadly Mexican lancers were ineffective, and repulsed the Mexicans with their long rifle fire.
General Woll retreated back towards Mexico. The Texans followed but their leaders fell into arguments about tactics. Paralyzed by the indecision, the Texas troops were disgusted. Woll retreated across the Rio Grande, where the Mexican Government heaped praise upon him.
If you seek parallels between the nineteenth century and today’s problems, I believe you look in vain. The current invasion by illegals has accomplished more than gunpowder could.
September 11, 2017. Happy Birthday, Guy C.
“I ain’t gonna study war no more…” - Spiritual sung by Slaves during the Civil War.