The discovery of an additional week's worth of entries in the diary of Jose Enrique de la Pena has opened another chapter in the longstanding controversy over the authenticity of the Mexican officer's account of the Battle of the Alamo. In this expanded edition of "With Santa Anna in Texas," Texas Revolution scholar James E. Crisp, who discovered ...Read MoreThe discovery of an additional week's worth of entries in the diary of Jose Enrique de la Pena has opened another chapter in the longstanding controversy over the authenticity of the Mexican officer's account of the Battle of the Alamo. In this expanded edition of "With Santa Anna in Texas," Texas Revolution scholar James E. Crisp, who discovered the new diary entries in an untranslated manuscript version of the journal, discusses the history of the de la Pena diary controversy and presents new evidence in the matter. With the "missing week" and the perspective Crisp provides, the diary should prompt a new round of debate over what really happened at the Alamo. When it was first translated and published in English in 1975 by Carmen Perry, "With Santa Anna in Texas" unleashed a fury of emotion and an enduring chasm between some scholars and Texans. The journal of de la Pena, an officer on Santa Anna's staff, reported the capture and execution of Davy Crockett and several others and also stated the reason behind Santa Anna's order to make the final assault on Travis and his men. Whether or not scholars agree with de la Pena's assertions, his journal remains one of the most revealing accounts of the Texas Revolution ever to come to light.Read Less
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Black & White Photographic Letters. Near Fine. Paperback. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. 'The Spanish Governors Palace' pamphlet laid in. Beautiful, gift quality copy that appears brand-new and unread. Minimal wear to binding. 206pp., including index.
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Near Fine. 248 pp. 0890965277. This remarkable, intelligent, and perceptive eyewitness journal, written by an officer on Santa Anna's staff, constitutes one of the most detailed and controversia; accounts of the Texas Revolution ever to come to light. De la Pena, for instance, tells how Davy Crockett and six other of the Alamo defenders survived the actual fighting, to be subsequently tortured and executed "without complaining and without humiliating themselves before their torturers." Equally shocking, although by nno means conclusive, is de la Pena's report that Santa Anna ordered the final assault on the Alamo knowing that Travis intended to surrender or try to escape the following day. De la Pena recorded the events of the campaign on the march, frequently writing on horseback. The narrative here translated is his own presentation of his diary, the truest record he could make of what actually happened.
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