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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; 1st Ed. edition (January 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556226756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556226755
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a native Texan, a student of Texas history and a person with a background in the German language, I have long been interested in the German influence upon Texas. A few years ago at the Alamo, I was intrigued to find that two Germans had died defending this shrine of Texas independence.
Recently I decided to research these soldiers, and discovered that they were part of a group of volunteers who came from New Orleans, called The New Orleans Greys. Most of the information I had been able to find about this group came from scattered, sketchy sources, but Gary Brown has put it all together in this one volume.
The book is well-researched and well-documented. It presents a balanced picture of the Greys and answers many questions. It also presents detailed listings of source materials for those who wish to do further research.
Highly recommended!
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I'm an aficionado of stories of the War for Texas Independence amd find Gary Brown's story of the New Orleans Greys both glorious and tragic at the same time. The destruction of the Greys both at Alamo and Goliad led indirectly to the success at San Jacinto.

It did this in two ways. First, there was the anger and revulsion that followed Santa Ana's order of 'Deguello' with the killing of every Alamo defender and the murder of 400 men who surrendered at Coleto. From Santa Ana's point of view, his 'easy' victories portended his destruction of the remaining Texian forces under Sam Houston. Santa Ana became overconfident and the rest is history.

To me, however, the best part of this book was the description of Coleto and its aftermath. Never before have I had a full realization of the enormous schisms that divided the Texas forces. Some wanted to defemd Alamo; others wanted to attack Matamoros; still others wanted to defend Goliad; and still others wanted to consolidate in San Antonio, San Patricio or Washington on the Brazos. Fannin was arguably the most confused of all. He initially tried to relieve Alamo only to quit after a couple of hundred yards. Later, when he should have been falling back on Houston, he was sending out patrols to scout Urrea who, in turn, was successfully scouting and ambushing Fannin's scouts. Finally Fannin decided to retreat from Goliad only to let Urrea catch him in the open close to Coleto Creek. It was an incredible blunder to be massively compounded by surrender his troops to the gentle mercies of the Mexicans.

Houston wasn't much better. The Texas Revolutionary Council dissolved in bitterness and chaos. Houston sent contradictory orders to Travis and Fannin...and...the New Orleans Greys died, almost to the man.
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I found the book well-documented, with listings of research. Many unanswered questions I've had about the men were answered. Interesting was the differences between the various Texas forces, and the leaders, which ultimately led to military mistakes.

Although Sam Houston is a hero in Texas, I always considered him more of a politician than a soldier, which is evidenced in this book.

Highly recommended for students of Louisiana and Texas history.
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