The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955 Page: 307
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The remaining three-fourths of the biography is taken up with
the activities in Mexico. Students of the Mexican War period will
find General William Jenkins Worth: Monterrey's Forgotten Hero
profitable reading since it gives an approach to the war through
the actions of a man who participated in most of the major battles;
yet, according to his own claims, did not receive the credit his
achievements deserved. The reader will be impressed with the
military capabilities of General Worth, especially at Monterrey,
where he commanded regulars and Texas Rangers, and with his
later activities under General Scott's command. Off the field of
battle he was prone to create trouble. In the words of Bernard de
Voto, Worth "suffered from ego, malice, and purple prose," traits
too often exposed in the army prior to 90oo. An excellent com-
mander in battle, General Worth destroyed his place in history
by controversies fomented by jealousy over position and recog-
Soon after being ordered to join General Zachary Taylor at
Corpus Christi, Worth became involved in a contest over rank
with Colonel David E. Twiggs. Though Twiggs was Worth's senior
as a colonel, Worth considered his honorary rank of brevet brig-
adier general placed him above Twiggs. The issue, however, finally
.settled in Washington, gave seniority to Twiggs. General Worth
felt compelled to submit his resignation on April 2, 1846, an ill-
considered action which placed him in an embarrassing position
with the outbreak of hostilities. A month later he asked for the
recall of his resignation.
Action at Monterrey washed away any possible question of phys-
ical bravery of the man who had hastily submitted his resignation
because he felt wronged. He redeemed himself for the time being,
only to become embroiled with General Scott over the march to
Mexico City. With the fighting at an end, controversy over the
conduct of the war and recognition of action in battle brought on
claims and counterclaims in letters and the newspapers and the
temporary arrest of Worth, Lieutenant James Duncan, and Gen-
eral Gideon Pillow for insubordination. A court of inquiry failed
to settle these matters.
Meanwhile, General Worth reported back to the United States
where he received command of the Military Departments of Texas
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