The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955 Page: 487
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Matamoros, Port for Texas during the Civil War
where. Corruption and vice dried up, and Matamoros returned
to its more familiar role of a sleepy little border town across the
Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas.91
With the end of Confederate resistance, the chief reasons for
the existence of Matamoros as a major port ceased to apply. Ports
in Texas were more usable and closer to rail communication with
the interior. By this time, also, forces were operating to compel
Napoleon III to withdraw support from Maximilian and the
Mexicans were uniting behind Juirez to defeat the Imperial
troops. A valiant effort had been made to make Texas a channel
of supply for the entire South, but one port at the extreme end
of the Confederacy and on the frontier of Mexico, far from rail
connections, could not possibly sustain a major war effort in two
countries. Matamoros' brief but important role on the stage of
Texas history was at an end.
e1New Orleans Times, June 1, 1865.
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