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Fifty Miles and a Fight: Major Samuel Peter Heintzelmans Journal of Texas and the Cortina War


A resource for teachers, the book magnifies the brutal nature of the Texas Rangers at that point in their history, a portrayal not readily evident in other sources. Not only does Heintzelman, who was placed in command of the Brownsville Expedition with orders to crush Cortina, record his disdain and distrust of the Rangers, but also their indiscriminate killing of both mexicanos and tejanos.

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