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  1. Texian Iliad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution
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  2. Texian Iliad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution

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Hardly were the last shots fired at the Alamo before the Texas Revolution entered the realm of myth and controversy. French visitor Frederic Gaillardet called it a "Texian Iliad" in 1839, while American Theodore Sedgwick pronounced the war and its resulting legends "almost burlesque." In this highly readable history, Stephen L. Hardin discovers more than a little truth in both of those views. Drawing on many original Texan and Mexican sources and on-site inspections of almost every battlefield, he offers the first complete military history of the Revolution. From the war's opening in the "Come and Take It" incident at Gonzales to the capture of General Santa Anna at San Jacinto, Hardin clearly describes the strategy and tactics of each side. His research yields new knowledge of the actions of famous Texan and Mexican leaders, as well as fascinating descriptions of battle and camp life from the ordinary soldier's point of view. This in-depth coverage provides a balanced view of the Revolution that fairly assesses the conduct of both Texans and Mexicans. Texian Iliad belongs on the bookshelf of everyone interested in Texas or military history.

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University of Texas Press
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University of Texas Press
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After reading most of the reviews on Texian Iliad, I notice a recurring point of concern and general agreement from several who spoke to this point....that is, the negative portrayal of Sam Houston by the author, Hardin. In reading the book I did not necessarily gain the impression of a flawed author's presentation of Houston, but in retrospect cannot fully disagree with this assessment. Not knowing the full knowledge that these reviewers have for Houston, I will hazard a suggestion for anyone seeking a fair analysis of Texian Iliad, and specifically a fair assessment on Sam Houston. For those who have not done so, I would suggest some background on Houston in the form of two biographies (in no certain order of importance): the first, Sam Houston by James Haley; the second, The Raven by Marquis James. Both books delve deeply into the extremely enigmatic Houston, who often appeared complex, contradictory, and an amalgam of total failures and overwhelming successes. The Texian Iliad... Read more
Gives a very jaded view of Sam Houston, If he hadn't retreated as he did, and waited until Santa Ana's supply lines were stretched thin and his Army split, but attacked sooner as others wanted. There would have been another Goliad and Alamo. Gave a real good view into the battles of the revolution and a great description of the engagement with General Cos in San Antonio before the Alamo. Worth reading I just didn't agree with
his portrayal of Sam Houston.
Texian Iliad is a good military history of the Texas revolution from Mexico but uncovers little "new ground." What sets this book above most others is the excellent descriptions and illustrations. To the best of my knowledge, no other book on the subject comes close. These are the most authentic descriptions and illustrations of the uniforms and equipment used by the Mexicans and the Texians in any book now in print.
If there is a book out there that provides equal or better illustrations and descriptions, please let me know, I will buy it immediately!
Robert R. "Bob" Payne
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