The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 87, July 1983 - April, 1984

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1822. With the emperor's backing he rose rapidly in Mexican military
circles, married a native woman, and bore himself well in the rough
and tumble of internal Mexican politics. The passage of the Law of
April 6, 1830, resulted in the creation of a customs garrison at Anahuac
and, thanks to the patronage of General Manuel de Mier y Teran,
Bradburn was designated commander.
Henson correctly points out that Bradburn's status was difficult at
best. An American in command of a Mexican fort, he was singled out
for particular hatred. Charged as he was with preventing smuggling
and upholding centralist decrees amongst states' rights conscious
Texans, the situation was probably impossible from the beginning.
The conclusion is inescapable that William B. Travis, Robert Mc-
Alpin Williamson, and other "radicals" were determined to resist en-
forcement of the more stringent Mexican colonial policy after 1830
and fastened upon some minor irritants at Anahuac as a pretext.
As the author concedes, she set herself a difficult task in attempting
to combat the portrayal of Bradburn by the early Texas historians
Henry Stuart Foote and Henderson K. Yoakum. It is a testimony to her
expertise in the area of pre-Revolutionary Texas history that Henson
accomplished her goal. One hopes this work will encourage a more
realistic and less chauvinistic approach to the decade preceding the
University of Houston STANLEY E. SIEGEL
Acadian General: Alfred Mouton and the Civil War. By William
Arceneaux. (Lafayette, La.: Center for Louisiana Studies, 1981.
Pp. xvi+ -188. Preface, illustrations, maps, appendices, bibliogra-
phy, index. $10.95.)
Terrell's Texas Cavalry: Wild Horsemen of the Plains in the Civil
War. By John W. Spencer. (Burnet, Tex.: Eakin Press, 1982. Pp.
viii+ 199. Acknowledgments, preface, illustrations, appendices,
bibliography, index. $12.95.)
Alfred Mouton was a scion of one of the oldest and most distin-
guished Acadian families. His grandfather, who arrived in Louisiana
in the 1750s as a small child, was a successful planter. His father,
Alexandre Mouton, was a dominant figure in the state's history, serving
as governor, senator, and president of the secession convention of 1861.
Alexandre's first child, Jean-Jacques Alexandre Alfred Mouton, was
born in Opelousas in 1829. Alfred entered the Military Academy at


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