The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 557
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of the states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Le6n, and that of Coahuila,
with headquarters located in Laredo. Jesis de Cirdenas was
elected president, and Canales saw to it that he was elected sec-
retary of war, serving by virtue of this office as commander-in-
chief of the army.
Hoping to receive financial and material aid from the Repub-
lic of Texas, Canales made several trips into the area. President
M. B. Lamar was privately interested in the venture, but officially
had to turn a deaf ear to the scene. He did support Canales in
getting recruits for his army. Two of the best-known Texans in
Canales' band were Samuel W. Jordan and Reuben Ross.
After several attempts to carry on his cause Canales attacked
the centralist stronghold of Saltillo. Failing in that endeavor,
Canales capitulated on November 6, 1840, but only after a parley
with General Arista and after being sworn into the centralist
army as an officer. Canales served with some distinction, seeing
service against General Taylor at Palo Alto and at Buena Vista.
In the 185o's, he became governor of Tamaulipas.
The last part of this book is composed of biographical sketches
of: Antonio Canales, William S. Fisher, Antonio Zapata, Rafael
VAsquez, Samuel W. Jordan, and Juan N. Seguin. This section
alone with its vivid accounts will make the little book a must for
students and collectors of Texana.
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the publication by the Southwest Railroad Historical Society in
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of one of America's great railroads." Certainly it is a complete
study as it describes over 5,000 locomotives, including diesels, gas-
mechanicals, and gas-electrics, with over 1,200 pictures and 500
diagrams. Besides the eye-catching aspects of the book, the author
presents in textual form a general survey history of the railway's
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