Death on the Nueces by Rodman L. Underwood

By Rodman L. Underwood

Sixty-nine males have been camped at the Nueces River in Texas in August 1862 after a horseback journey of approximately a hundred miles. such a lot of them have been contemporary immigrants from Germany who have been "politically incorrect." They have been unswerving to the Union and have been voters of a accomplice kingdom. They have been fleeing Texas to prevent conscription into the CSA military and to hitch the Union military. they didn't be aware of accomplice cavalry unit was once following them. As a value for his or her loyalty to the U.S., thirty-six of those German Texas voters have been approximately to die. This approximately unknown incident is the topic of a huge new e-book, "Death at the Nueces," through Rodman L. Underwood. This conflict and resulting occasions are defined and the strategic and tactical judgements resulting in disparate casualty figures are analyzed. within the years previous the warfare hundreds of thousands of households immigrated to crucial Texas from Germany and this can be their tale besides. This migration path is traced and the standards generating this occasion are reviewed. ultimately, hate towards a minority staff is famous and the roots of this ailing will are pointed out. There are classes to be realized the following approximately cutting-edge hate teams. "Death at the Nueces" is released by way of Eakin Press of Austin, Texas and the ISBN is 1-57168-303-8.

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S. judicial system. In response to this perceived injustice, the Mexican folk hero Gen. Juan Cortina attacked Brownsville, Texas, in 1859. This launched the "First Cortina War" and Mexicans hoped their leader would drive the Americans back to the Nueces River. United States soldiers were called in to put down the rebellion, and General Cortina was driven back into Mexico. S. Military Department of Texas, Col. Robert E. Lee, warned Mexican officials that their "bandits" would not be allowed to raid Texas along the north side of the Rio Grande from bases in Mexico.

S. S. boundary extended to the Rio Grande to the south. This land dispute would lead to war. After Mexico had terminated diplomatic relations, the Page 17 United States responded by positioning an ''Army of Observation" under the command of Gen. Zachary Taylor on the Nueces River. President Polk subsequently moved that army to the Rio Grande. On April 24, 1846, Mexican troops attacked and President Polk declared a state of war. Many in Congress opposed the war because they saw this as a device to enable the South to expand slavery into the southwest.

The pro-South governor activated the state militia to take the arsenal. The Union reacted by sending Federal troops on a preemptory strike upon the state militia camp on May 10, 1861. The state militia surrendered without a shot. Southern prisoners were marched back toward the arsenal by recently activated German soldiers. The Germans received invectives and threats from the crowd of Southern sympathizers watching the affair. The crowd menaced the Germans with revolvers, and the situation soon boiled over into violence.

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