The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955

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Brigadier ecral Adrial Woll's Report of his
tKpeditio into rexas iH 1842
Translated and edited by JOSEPH MILTON NANCE
INTRODUCTION
AS COMMANDER of the second division of the Army Corps of
the North and Commandant General of the Department
of Coahuila, Brigadier General Adrian Woll, a Frenchman
in the service of Mexico, was ordered by the Mexican govern-
ment in 1842 to capture San Antonio de B6xar, westernmost out-
post of the Republic of Texas, and to reconnoiter eastward to the
Guadalupe River and down its west bank as far as Gonzales to
see whether the Texans were assembling another force, as they
had done earlier in the summer at Lipantitlin, for an invasion
of northern Mexico. Under no condition was Woll's raid into
Texas to last more than a month. Woll's division completed its
crossing of the Rio Grande on August 3o and the next day headed
toward San Antonio by a route it carved out above the old road
from Presidio de Rio Grande to San Antonio. San Antonio was
captured on September 11, but evacuated by Woll on the 2oth
after his failure on the 18th to defeat the Texans in the battle of
the Salado.
Woll's reports and the journal of his campaign in Texas in 1842
were published at Monterrey, Mexico, under the title of Expe-
dicion hecha en Tejas por una parte de la 2." Division del Cuerpo
de Egercito del Norte (Impreso por Francisco Molina, Monterrey,
1842), of which there are only two or three copies extant. It is
through the kindness of the late Honorable Maury Maverick of
San Antonio, whose grandfather, Samuel A. Maverick, was one of
the Texans carried into captivity by Woll, that an original copy of
this rare publication was made available to the translator.
Space permits the publication here of only those portions of the
journal and reports shedding new light on Woll's raid on San

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