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Great Comanche Raid Hardcover – December, 1987


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Eakin Press; 1st edition (December 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890155941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890155943
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,751,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe Owen VINE VOICE on September 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
In 1987 author Donaly Brice wrote a thesis paper on the Commanche Raid of 1840. The thesis paper was written so well that his professor encouraged him to publish the thesis, and thus "The Great Commanche Raid" was published. It is an excellent work about how the Commanches raided and terrorized settlers and coastal and Hill Country towns in 1840. Due to the anti-Indian policies of Texas Governor Mirabeau Lamar and a series of broken treaties, the Commanches began to kill settlers and raid towns. Not only were the Texans hostile towards the Commanches, but also the Cherokes who tried to defend their land but were defeated and for forced out of Texas. Not so the Commanches, who for a while were able to evade and strike against Texas settlers. They were encouraged by Mexican authorities who wanted Texas back into Mexico.
The Commanches in the summer of 1840 terrorized and killed many and burned and looted Victoria, Texas. Afterwards, Texans and the Texas Rangers formed an army and fought the Commanches and they were finally broken and never raided Texas again. General Albert Sidney Johnston representing the US Army had a harsh policy of dealing with hostile Indian Tribes and gained field experience fighting against the Commanches. 21 years later, General Johnston would resign his US Army Commision and take up arms against the United States when he joined the Confederate Army. He was killed at the Battle of Shiloh in 1862.
This is a valubale book about the last great raids of the Commanches in Texas. After the Commanches were soundly defeated at the Battle of Plum Creek, the Commanches were not a threat against Texas anymore. Donaly Brice's book has given valuable information about this violent era in Texas and is a tremendous source of information about the "Indian Wars" of Texas in the 1840's. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Of course, I got a group tour of the area from the author before I got the book. Both were excellent. His Father showed him the main battleground as a child and he fleshed the story out as he became an adult. A scholarly labor of love.
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