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Tejanos in Gray: Civil War Letters of Captains Joseph Rafael de la Garza and Manuel Yturri (Fronteras Series, sponsored by Texas AM International University) ePub download

by Jerry Thompson,José Roberto Juárez

  • Author: Jerry Thompson,José Roberto Juárez
  • ISBN: 160344243X
  • ISBN13: 978-1603442435
  • ePub: 1372 kb | FB2: 1594 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Americas
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press; First Edition edition (February 17, 2011)
  • Pages: 160
  • Rating: 4.9/5
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Tejanos in Gray: Civil War Letters of Captains Joseph Rafael de la Garza and Manuel Yturri (Fronteras Series, sponsored by Texas AM International University) ePub download

Tejanos in Gray book. De la Garza, in fact, would go on to give his life for the Southern cause.

Tejanos in Gray book. Mexican Texans, fighting for the Confederate cause, in their own words .

With Tejanos in Gray, Jerry Thompson, a Regent's Professor of History at Texas A&M International University . Garza, joined the 6th Texas Infantry, and was killed in what seems to have been his first battle against the Union forces, at Mansfield LA in April 1864.

With Tejanos in Gray, Jerry Thompson, a Regent's Professor of History at Texas A&M International University, calls attentionto the four thousand or so Mexican Texas who fought in both Union and Confederate armies. Yturri, joined Duff's Partisan Rangers, later the 33rd TX Infantry, and his only apparent battle was at Jenkins Ferry AR, also in April 1864.

For Joseph Rafael de la Garza, the future brought death in the battle of Mansfield, a key Confederate victory that helped end the Union's Red River campaign in the spring of 1864.

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Thousands of Tejanos served in the Confederate and Texas military forces during the Civil. Published: 1 January 2012.

But, as Jerry Thompson shows in Tejanos in Gray . De la Garza, in fact, would go on to give his life for the Southern cause

But, as Jerry Thompson shows in Tejanos in Gray, motivations for allegiance to the South were often more complex than traditional interpretations have indicated.

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Tejanos in gray:: Civil war letters of captains Joseph Rafael de la Garza and Manuel Yturri. But, as Jerry Thompson shows in Tejanos in Gray, motivations for allegiance to the South were often more complex than traditional. interpretations have indicated.

by Jerry D. Thompson and Joseph Rafael De La Garza. Publisher:Texas A&M University Press.

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José Antonio de la Garza and his wife had several children.

José (Joseph) Rafael de la Garza, Tejano land owner, Confederate officer, and the son of José Antonio de la Garza and María Josefa Menchaca, was born in San Antonio about 1838. His father was one of South Texas’s most important landowners who was the first in Texas to coin money and the first to use the Lone Star as an emblem. José Antonio de la Garza and his wife had several children.

Mexican Texans, fighting for the Confederate cause, in their own words . . .

 The Civil War is often conceived in simplistic, black and white terms: whites from the North and South fighting over states’ rights, usually centered on the issue of black slavery. But, as Jerry Thompson shows in Tejanos in Gray, motivations for allegiance to the South were often more complex than traditional interpretations have indicated.

Gathered for the first time in this book, the forty-one letters and letter fragments written by two Mexican Texans, Captains Manuel Yturri and Joseph Rafael de la Garza, reveal the intricate and intertwined relationships that characterized the lives of Texan citizens of Mexican descent in the years leading up to and including the Civil War. The experiences and impressions reflected in the letters of these two young members of the Tejano elite from San Antonio, related by marriage, provide fascinating glimpses of a Texas that had displaced many Mexican-descent families after the Revolution, yet could still inspire their loyalty to the Confederate flag. De la Garza, in fact, would go on to give his life for the Southern cause.

The letters, translated by José Roberto Juárez and with meticulous annotation and commentary by Thompson, deepen and provide nuance to our understanding of the Civil War and its combatants, especially with regard to the Tejano experience. Historians, students, and general readers interested in the Civil War will appreciate Tejanos in Gray for its substantial contribution to borderlands studies, military history, and the often-overlooked interplay of region, ethnicity, and class in the Texas of the mid-nineteenth century.

Lucam
While this is a compilation of letters of these two officers from San Antonio, it clearly shows that these soldiers were just that, soldiers, and had their own reasons for fighting in the Civil War. Both men demonstrate the common pain of all soldiers deployed, homesickness and being away from their loved ones. This is a good read, however, it does not go into the actual battles they fought in. It shows their duties as soldiers, while still trying to manage their families back home.
Ghordana
Joseph Garza and Manuel Yturri, both from San Antonio, were educated men from the upper class who served as officers for the CSA, both enlisting in spring 1862. Garza, joined the 6th Texas Infantry, and was killed in what seems to have been his first battle against the Union forces, at Mansfield LA in April 1864. Yturri, joined Duff's Partisan Rangers, later the 33rd TX Infantry, and his only apparent battle was at Jenkins Ferry AR, also in April 1864. Yturri survived the war and his descendents contributed material to this book.

The editor does a nice job of providing context to the fellow soldiers, relatives, friends and townspeople mentioned in the letters. One thing that really comes across is the cultural "melting pot" of 1850s San Antonio. Mexican, Anglo-American, and German residents intermingle with the occasional Italian, French Canadian or Scot, and of course, the Africans they own.

There are only about fifty letters total, and they don't provide a lot information on the military activities of the two men, or their political views. There are large gaps in between letters, and very few are from 1862 or 1863. I felt the editor could have filled in some of these gaps with material from other sources (the OR, newspapers, letters from soldiers in the same units). He gives a little bit of information about the Partisan Rangers, who took on the job the US military had done up to 1860, that is guarding the frontier against Commanche and Mexican raids, with the added jobs of enforcing the draft, rounding up deserters, suppressing Unionists, and guarding the Gulf Coast. I also think the editor should provide greater context to the military actions.

Other Kindle books allow you to click on the footnote number to get to the footnote, and then the back key to return to the text. For some reason, that function was not available in this book. And since most of the information is in the footnotes, you really need to have them easily accessible.
Yramede
Actual letters by Texans of Mexican descent document their experiences in the Civil War. This is an important work of those who have not been heard from in the past.
Shaktiktilar
Amazing read. Was introduced to this book while taking Dr. Thompson's military history course. Gives valuable insight to my own family's extended history and light to what is generally seen as a polarized conflict.
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