Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Shelby's Expedition to Mexico. An Unwritten Leaf of the War
(Austin, The Steck Company, 1964) is a facsimile reproduction
of John N. Edwards' volume which was originally published in
1872. Edwards, the adjutant of Joseph Shelby's Missouri Con-
federate cavalry brigade, wrote a unit history in 1867 describing
the cavalrymen's marches and combats in the Trans-Mississippi
entitled Shelby and His Men, or the War in the West. Five years
later he wrote Shelby's Expedition to Mexico, a narrative of the
brigade's romantically brave but futile march south after the
collapse of the Confederacy in 1865.
Shelby's command began its movement toward the border from
East Texas after attempts to maintain the war effort had failed.
At Tyler, Waxahachie, and Houston, the Missourians saved sup-
plies from looters and in Austin defeated an attack on Confed-
erate vaults containing gold and silver. In San Antonio, the unit
was joined by several prominent Southerners including Generals
Kirby Smith and Magruder. From there Shelby and his followers
rode to Eagle Pass, crossed the Rio Grande, and sold their can-
non to the supporters of Juarez who held northern Coahuila. The
ex-Confederates continued south through Monterrey and Quere-
tero to Mexico City, where they broke up after Maximilian re-
fused Shelby's offer to raise troops in the United States for the
This facsimile reprint by the Steck Company makes available
once more a rare book on an unusual incident bridging the gap
between two closely associated but quite different American wars.
In the preface R. H. Porter supplies a sketch of Edwards and his
writings. Unfortunately the volume is not indexed, but it has
been enhanced with several color illustrations.
Charles Porter's Account of the Confederate Attempt to Seize
Arizona and New Mexico (Austin, The Pemberton Press, 1964),
edited by Alwyn Barr, is another in the growing list of published
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101198/. Accessed February 1, 2015.