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The secret war for Texas /
Stuart Reid.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c2007.
description
x, 235 p.
ISBN
9781585445653 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c2007.
isbn
9781585445653 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Gone to Texas -- Revolution -- Bexar -- Contending chieftains -- High noon at Goliad -- Rio Grande -- "Go in and die with the boys" -- From sea to shining sea -- Postscript -- Appendix : Grant's men.
catalogue key
6100280
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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..." carefully clarifies the fascinating adventure of Dr. James Grant, the 'rogue British agent' of the Texas Revolution. Reid removes the enigmatic historical shroud from Grant and eloquently illustrates the Scotsman as a key player in Great Britain and the United States' long-term struggle for North America." -- William R. Chemerka
"...paints a broader picture of the international interests conflicting in the Texas Revolution. . . .offers an interesting interpretation of Texas history, the Texas Revolution, and it will provide one more book to the library of those many Texans who are driven to scratch and scrutinize every cranny of the Alamo." --Andres Tijerina
�...paints a broader picture of the international interests conflicting in the Texas Revolution. . . .offers an interesting interpretation of Texas history, the Texas Revolution, and it will provide one more book to the library of those many Texans who are driven to scratch and scrutinize every cranny of the Alamo.� --Andres Tijerina
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Could the British have stopped Manifest Destiny in its tracks in 1836? A Scottish doctor named James Grant was the agent who tried to make it happen, and Texas was the stage on which the secret battle was fought. On the eve of the Texas uprising, only two things stood in the way of American ambitions to reach the Pacific Ocean: the British claim to the Oregon country and the vast but sparsely populated Mexican province of Texas. Britain was therefore almost as concerned with the outcome of the Texians' war as Mexico was. At a crucial point when Texians had to decide whether to seek rights within the Federal Republic of Mexico or to secede and ally with the United States, James Grant led a band of followers toward Mexico, with the intent of forming a state within that nation. His efforts met enduring accusations that he fatally weakened the Alamo by stripping it of men, ammunition, and medical supplies. When Grant was killed on the ill-fated Matamoros expedition, British hopes of blocking the upstart Americans died, too. Yet, despite his important role, Grant remains a shadowy and often sinister figure routinely condemned by historians and frequently dismissed out of hand as merely an unscrupulous land speculator. Drawing heavily on British sources, Reid tells the forgotten story of Dr. James Grant and the twelve-year-long secret war for Texas, from his involvement in the "silly quixotic" Fredonian Rebellion to the bloody battles along the Atascosita Road. The international scope of the story makes this far more than just another tale of the Texas Revolution.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. IX
Introductionp. I
Gone to Texasp. 6
Revolutionp. 27
Bexarp. 49
Contending Chieftainsp. 69
High Noon at Goliadp. 89
Rio Grandep. 109
"Go in and Die with the Boys"p. 129
From Sea to Shining Seap. 148
Postscriptp. 168
Appendix Grant's Menp. 181
Notesp. 199
Bibliographyp. 223
Indexp. 229
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