The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 102, July 1998 - April, 1999 Page: 122
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STORI A A CAT
FIFTY MILES AND A FIGHT
MAJOR SAMUEL PETER HEINTZELMAN'S JOURNAL
OF TEXAS AND THE CORTINA WAR
Edited and with an introduction by Jerry Thompson
Fifty Miles and a Fight is a rare and dramatic firsthand
account of one of the most volatile and traumatic events in the
long history of Texas-the Cortina War in South Texas. It was
while Maj. Samuel Peter Heintzelman, one of the most cul-
tured, dedicated, and respected officers in the antebellum
frontier army, was at Camp Verde on September 28, 1859, that
a daring and charismatic thirty-five-year-old ranchero named
Juan Nepomuceno Cortina sent shock waves throughout Texas
by brazenly leading some seventy-five angry raiders into the
streets of Brownsville. Tired of a clique of Brownsville attor-
neys, resentful of men he accused of killing tejanos with
impunity, and determined to settle a
blood feud with bitter enemy
Adolphus Glavecke, Cortina initiated
a war that would reverberate north to
Austin and beyond to the halls of
Washington and Mexico City.
SHeintzelman's journal provides a
detailed and vivid account of the bat-
tles at El Ebonal and Rio Grande City
as well as glimpses into the filibuster-
ing activites of the shadowy Knights of
iii the Golden Circle, who were hoping
t to expand the Cortina War into a larger conflict that would
lead to the eventual annexation of Mexico and the creation of
a slave empire south of the Rio Grande. Heintzelman's
impressions of his senior commander, Col. Robert E. Lee, are
Jerry Thompson, dean of the College of Arts and
Humanities at Texas A&M International University at
Laredo, is among the best and most prolific historians of
the Civil War in the Southwest.
ISBN o-876 z-z6o-6. 6 x 9 inches, 4oo pp., illustrations, maps, index.
Cloth, $39.95 Member's price, $33.96
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 102, July 1998 - April, 1999, periodical, 1999; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101219/m1/147/: accessed December 11, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.