The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963

Notes and Documents

War, had a short life. The first issue appeared on August 18, 1860,
as The Alamo Express and on May 3, 1861, the Tri-Weeekly Alamo
Express announced its "temporary" suspension of publication.2
The account of the expedition was written by Colonel William
McLane of San Antonio. In his Pictorial History of Texas, pub-
lished in 1876, Homer S. Thrall cites W. D. C. Hall and "Colonel
McLane late of San Antonio" as his most valuable sources. He
states that Hall and McLane agreed on the number of men in the
army when it left La Bahia and the figures given agree exactly
with those in the text. The figure for American casualties during
the siege and the final Spanish assault on La Bahia, ascribed by
Thrall to McLane, also agrees with the text. In addition, Thrall
uses the spelling "Lucket" for the name of one of the members
of the expedition, just as it appears in the text.3 Other writers
spell the name "Luckett" or "Lockett." The most complete and
certain identification comes from the novel Irene Viesca, by Hiram
H. McLane. In the preface to the book, McLane states the object
of the work:
... to place in some readable and attractive form the history of the
Magee expedition, as it came from the pen of one who was himself
an actor in most of the scenes and familiar with the details of all
the operations connected with the expedition, from the time of leav-
ing Nacogdoches until the execution at the Trinity river of the
prisoners taken in the retreat, after the defeat in the fight near the
Madina.
He goes on to state that the narrative as given is based on writings
and reminiscences of his father, "the real actor," and that the
purpose of the son was to perpetuate his memory. Certain inci-
dents such as the return to San Antonio, finding his wallets, and
his escape to and across the Trinity, are mentioned specifically in
both preface and body of the novel but do not appear in the text
of this account. Comparison of those parts of the novel reporting
the activities of the expedition, however, show an almost verbatim
similarity to the present text. For example: pages 76-87 of the
novel are almost identical to Chapters I-III of the text, as are
pages 117-123 of the novel and Chapter IV of the text. H. H.
2Microfilm copies in Library, Texas Western College, El Paso, Texas.
8Homer S. Thrall, Pictorial History of Texas (St. Louis, 1879), 115-117.

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