The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 22
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
so she volunteered to accompany the Army of Occupation to
the Rio Grande as a laundress.59
The Great Western gained renown for her actions during the
crossing of the Colorado on March 20o, 1846. When the Mex-
icans kept up their blowing of bugles and shouting of commands,
The Great Western, in her own magnificent way, strode out onto
the bank and declared that "if the General would give her a
good pair of tongs, she would wade the river and whip every
scoundrel that dare show himself."60 She became the talk of the
army, and many soldiers admired her "virtuousness" and bravery,
which contrasted greatly with the morals of most women camp
Thus, in fact and in legend, Taylor's Trail is of real signifi-
cance to both Texas and the United States as a path of conquest
with all its attendant human activities. A student of roads is
quick to observe that old trails never die; they just fade away.
Time alone will tell whether or not Taylor's Trail will be re-
membered as a trail of destiny.
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