Notes and Documents
Mirabeau B. Lamar's Texas Journal *
Edited by NANCY BOOTHE PARKER
The Skirmish between
the Americans & the Soldiers at Nacogdoches, Augt 1834 67
THE HYSTORY OF THIS TRANSACTION IS VARIOUSLY RELATED; BUT I AM
told by good authority that the real cause of the difficulty has never
been given to the public; the ostensible cause assigned was that the com-
mandant of the Garrison was opposed to Santa Annas cause, Sc that he
wished to erect the military over the civil authority; The reason which
has been imparted to me is this; that there was in Nacogdoches a young
man06 who was suspected of being rather more intimate than Spanish
manner permitte[d] with a lady whose exclusive attention the Com-
mandant of the troops at Nacogdoches wished Sc had been in the habit
of monopolizing. A correspondence ensued between the parties; the
Commandant, whose name was Joseph Pe-ed-dras,9 threatened the
young Don Juan; the Alcalda70 of the place took sides with this amerous
Lothario, and after some excitement the Commandant threatened him
with the pope. The young man Sc his friend the Alcalda now appealed
to the people to protect the civil authority against military domina-
tion; and under the full impression that their lives Sc liberty were
eminently endangered, the people flocked together from the country
[as] well as the town, and prepared to assault the Fort."
*This is the second of a two-part serialization.
a7Lamar is in error; the battle of Nacogdoches occurred on August 2-3, 1832. Webb,
Carroll, and Branda (eds.), Handbook of Texas, II, 256-257.
6S(This man is now Judge) see an adventure with Dr. Hart ... [Lamar's footnote].
coJos6 de las Piedras commanded the Mexican army contingent occupying Nacogdoches
from September, 1827, until August 2, 1832. Until the battle of Nacogdoches, there was
little friction between Piedras and the Anglo-Americans because of his laissez-faire policy
toward the civil government. Webb, Carroll, and Branda (eds), Handbook of Texas, II,
70Encarnaci6n Chirino, alcalde of Nacogdoches, was one of three citizens killed in the
battle of Nacogdoches. Ibid., 257.
71Standard texts do not refer to the roles assigned by Lamar to Chirino and the un-
named "amerous Lothario," nor do they support Lamar's report of a spontaneous gather-
ing of citizens to march on the fort.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 84, July 1980 - April, 1981. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101225/. Accessed July 8, 2015.