The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 127
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sell the liquor allotted to it and use the proceeds for more essen-
tial equipment. To appease the "western itch" in the soul of
Anglo-Texan frontiersmen, the president, without benefit of con-
gress, assumed something of an offensive, proclaimed a blockade
of the Mexican coast but gave Commodore E. W. Moore and the
navy a bit of a run-around, sent agents to "our Uncle Sam" to
recruit men and money, called for volunteer companies of Texans,
wrecked the plans of hot heads by his proclamations against un-
authorized agents, and promised an attack on Mexico when such
an attack would "promise success and renown to the cause of our
country." Granting a demoralized postal system and non-existent
military supplies, the failure of the troubled republic to fit out
an invasion army is a sorry episode. Mexico was suffering too,
but from raids of the Lipans and Comanches, not from Texans.
The chapter on the second Mexican inroad, with its resulting
Battle of Lipantitlan, explores events which, except for Chabot's
Corpus Christi and Lipantitlan, have been generally ignored in
secondary works on the period. Then came the verbal firing in
the "War Session" of the Sixth Congress, rather stronger than
actual firing on the Nueces. Houston vetoed the bill for offensive
war against Mexico but approved sale of the Cherokee lands to
secure funds to strengthen the navy and expressed the hope for
enough volunteers to make possible a visit to the Rio Grande.
That was in August.
Santa Anna provided background for Act III by beating the
war drums and having a ceremonial burial of the leg he had lost
in the Pastry War of 18,38-all meant to toughen Mexican morale
and resulting in the September capture of San Antonio, including
the personnel of the district court. John C. Hays and Mathew
Caldwell advanced to the aid of San Antonio and were successful
in defending against Adrain Woll at Salado Creek. Woll then
turned to protect his rear from the Fayette County volunteers
under Nicholas Dawson, whom he defeated near the Cibolo. That
gave the Mexicans fifteen more prisoners to march to Mexico as
Woll effected an escape to the Rio Grande to report to his su-
periors that they had no cause for rejoicing because his army had
gained no credit in its Texas campaign. Mismanagement, neglect,
weariness, and division over the Texas. command had made his
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