General Vicente Filisola's Analysis of Jose Urrea's Military Diary: A Forgotten 1838 Publication by an Eyewitness to the Texas Revolution

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Gen. Vicente Filisola was second in command of the Mexican army in Texas during the Revolution. After the defeat of Gen. José López de Santa Anna by Sam Houston’s Texans at San Jacinto, Filisola became commander-in-chief of the four thousand Mexican soldiers that remained in Texas. The Mexican army eventually retreated to Matamoros, Mexico, and Filisola became the scapegoat for all that went wrong in the campaign in Texas. His chief accuser in this disastrous action was Gen. José Cosme Urrea, commander of one of the Mexican divisions in the campaign.

After reading this fascinating account of the Mexican army in Texas, readers may well need to reevaluate their opinions of the Mexican army’s generals. In spite of the fact that the work is obviously biased and at times blatantly unfair,Filisola makes valid points that will make one wonder if Urrea deserves the high respect that has been generally accorded him by Texan scholars.

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 JOHN WHEAT, archives translator at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, is the translator of numerous historically significant documents of borderlands history including Almonte’s Texas: Juan N. Almonte’s 1834 Inspection, Secret Report, and Role in the 1836 Campaign.

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Book Description Texas State Historical Association,U.S., United States, 2008. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. This long-forgotten eyewitness account of the Texas Revolution has been translated into English for the first time. Gen. Vicente Filisola was second in command of the Mexican army in Texas during the Revolution. After the defeat of Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna by Sam Houston s Texans at San Jacinto, Filisola became commander-in-chief of the 4,000 Mexican soldiers that remained in Texas. The Mexican army eventually retreated to Matamoros, Mexico, and Filisola became the scapegoat for all that went wrong in the campaign in Texas. His chief accuser in this disastrous action was Gen. Jose Cosme Urrea, commander of one of the Mexican divisions in the campaign. In 1838, Urrea published a book he entitled The Military Diary of General Jose Urrea . Filisola published his ultracritical analysis of Urrea s diary that same year. Totally focusing on the actions of the Mexican army, and especially Urrea s division, Filisola critiques Urrea s every move, from his advance into Texas until the disastrous and humiliating trip back to Matamoros in May and June 1836. The true jewels of this work are the multiple details that Filisola gives in making his verbose case against General Urrea - from descriptions of Goliad, Victoria, and Madam Powell s to interesting comments on the Deleons, Phillip Dimmitt, and Jose Maria Carbajal. After reading this fascinating account of the Mexican army in Texas the reader may well need to reevaluate his opinions of the Mexican army s generals. In spite of the fact that the work is extremely biased and at times blatantly unfair, Filisola does make valid points that at least make one wonder if Urrea deserves the high respect that has been generally accorded him by Texan scholars. Seller Inventory # AAB9780876112243

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Book Description Texas State Historical Association,U.S., United States, 2008. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. This long-forgotten eyewitness account of the Texas Revolution has been translated into English for the first time. Gen. Vicente Filisola was second in command of the Mexican army in Texas during the Revolution. After the defeat of Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna by Sam Houston s Texans at San Jacinto, Filisola became commander-in-chief of the 4,000 Mexican soldiers that remained in Texas. The Mexican army eventually retreated to Matamoros, Mexico, and Filisola became the scapegoat for all that went wrong in the campaign in Texas. His chief accuser in this disastrous action was Gen. Jose Cosme Urrea, commander of one of the Mexican divisions in the campaign. In 1838, Urrea published a book he entitled The Military Diary of General Jose Urrea . Filisola published his ultracritical analysis of Urrea s diary that same year. Totally focusing on the actions of the Mexican army, and especially Urrea s division, Filisola critiques Urrea s every move, from his advance into Texas until the disastrous and humiliating trip back to Matamoros in May and June 1836. The true jewels of this work are the multiple details that Filisola gives in making his verbose case against General Urrea - from descriptions of Goliad, Victoria, and Madam Powell s to interesting comments on the Deleons, Phillip Dimmitt, and Jose Maria Carbajal. After reading this fascinating account of the Mexican army in Texas the reader may well need to reevaluate his opinions of the Mexican army s generals. In spite of the fact that the work is extremely biased and at times blatantly unfair, Filisola does make valid points that at least make one wonder if Urrea deserves the high respect that has been generally accorded him by Texan scholars. Seller Inventory # AAB9780876112243

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