The Prisoners of Perote. By William Preston Stapp. (La
Grange: LaGrange Journal, 1933. Pp. 108. $1.00.)
The story of the valiant yet futile march of the Texans on
Mier in the winter of 1842, their capitulation while apparently
on the verge of victory, their enforced march toward the castle
of Perote, their escape and recapture, their drawing of the black
beans and decimation, and the final break of those spirited war-
riors cannot fail to interest those who delight in tales of "der-
The most generous judgments are rarely expected from the
vanquished, and hence the critics should not be surprised to find
the original chroniclers of the Texian expedition vilifying the
Mexican national character of abuses, which, with the exception
of the black bean incident, are somewhat common to prisoners of
war. This account by Stapp, published in 1845 and now ex-
tremely rare in original print, may lack the fervor of General
Green's attack on Houston, but it maintains a parity in the man-
ner of dealing with the Mexicans.
It was published serially in the LaGrange Journal in 1887
and 1888, and is now reissued in pamphlet form. Mr. B. F.
Harigel, editor of that paper, published it concurrently with the
reinterment of the remains of Dawson's men in an appropriate
sepulture on Monument Bluff, above the town of LaGrange.
J. E. H.
Two recent Texas publications in the field of genealogy should
be recorded. Mrs. Maud Biard Smith, of Biardstown, Texas,
has, in a book of eighty-two pages, given the ramifications of
The Biard Family from early branches in Scotland to its lines
in Texas. For the historian the most interesting portion of her
book is that dealing with incidents befalling the first of the
Biards to come to northeast Texas. According to her records
the family came to Lamar County in 1846, and its blood may
still be traced in the life of that region. The book was issued
by the Pearless Printing Company, Paris, Texas, 1929.
A more extensive work is that by Selma Metzenthin Raunick
and Margaret Schade, entitled The Kothmanns of Texas, 1845-
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101094/. Accessed May 23, 2013.