The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 63
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Life of General Don Manuel de Mier y Terdn
Mier y Teran charged de la Garza with interfering with his
attempts to discipline the troops under his command, with
seducing them to insubordination, and with urging them not to
allow themselves to be sent on a useless expedition to Texas.29
These reports brought an order to de la Garza to do all in his
power to encourage the disaffected troops to be ready to start
upon the expedition to Texas when ordered to do so, and a
warning to the effect that failure to execute federal orders
might result in great danger to the welfare of the Republic.0o
On February 1, Mier y Teran made his final plea for action.
He informed the federal government that he had learned that
armed parties of North Americans were entering Texas and
he believed it necessary to move troops there immediately. He
further stated that he intended to go in a few days and look
the situation over for himself and see what should be done to
save the department.3' He left Victoria on February 4, but if
he really intended to go to Texas at this time, his health did not
permit it. He reached San Fernando on February 10, and was
forced to remain a month at that place, being unable to do more
than attend to the most necessary correspondence.32
Meanwhile, however, his friends in Mexico City were securing
action on at least a part of his recommendations. Facio, the
Minister of War, wrote him on January 30 that he was sending
at once the supplies and recruits for the Ninth Cavalry and
Tenth Infantry to Matamoros. He followed this information
six days later with a notice that he was naming Mier y Teran
general in chief of the division of troops which would operate
in Texas. This would necessitate the appointment of a second
in command for the Eastern Interior Provinces, and Felipe de
la Garza, who knew the duties already, was to receive this ap-
pointment. The following day the governors of Guadalajara,
Guanajuato, Zacatecas, and Durango were ordered to send
troops to the commandant general at Monterrey; there he would
distribute them as he saw fit among the Eleventh and Twelfth
29Mier y Teran to Minister of War, Victoria, January 22, and 26, 1830,
Archivo General de Mexico, Guerra, Frac. 1, Leg. 14, op. mil. 1830, The
University of Texas (Hatcher) Transcripts.
30Minister of War, Memorandum, February 12, 1830, MS., in Archivo
General de la Naci6n, Legajo 14, op. mil. 1830.
31Mier y Teran to Minister of War, Victoria, February 1, 1830; Alamin
to Minister of War, Mexico City, March 12, 1830, MS., Ibid.
82Mier y Teran to Minister of War, San Fernando, February 12, and 14,
1830, MS., Ibid.
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