been one of the officers most determined to reject Ampudia's terms of capitulation at the Battle of Mier. He later escaped with Green from Perote, but not until his younger brother, William Reese, had been freed by Santa Anna. Dixon and Kemp, Heroes of San Jacinto, 283; Telegraph and Texas Register, August 2, 1843.
Chapter Thirteen ~ Notes
1. Famed for its horse breeding, the Hacienda del Jaral was described by a French visitor in 1827 as the richest property in Mexico: "much more like a village than a hacienda because of the number of houses, which shelter a population of four to five thousand." Jean Louis Berlandier, Journey to Mexico 1:206, 212.
2. Gelded male sheep.
3. Adelante: forward.
4. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla was the curate of Dolores when, on September 16, 1810, he issued to his parishioners the famous "Grito de Dolores," calling upon them to resist Spanish rule. A bloody Indian uprising followed, which swept across central Mexico with Hidalgo at its head before being crushed a year later. Hidalgo was tried and executed, but his efforts ultimately led to Mexican independence in 1821. Helen Delpar, ed., Encyclopedia of Latin America, 277.
5. By the time of Green's arrival, the town was more commonly known as San Miguel de Allende, having been renamed in honor of Ignacio Maria de Allende, Hidalgo's second-in-command in the War for Independence.
6. Commun: latrine.
7. In 1841 and 1842 the Texas navy, under the command of Commodore Edwin Ward Moore, patroled the Gulf of Mexico on behalf of the Yucatan, which had declared its independence from the centralist government in Mexico City.
9. Green is referring to the works of Alexander von Humboldt, Political Essay on the Kingdom of New Spain (1814), 4 vols.; Joel Robert Poinsett, Notes on Mexico (1830); Henry George Ward, Mexico in 1827 (1828); William H. Prescott, History of the Conquest of Mexico (1843), 4 vols.; and Brantz Mayer, Mexico, As It Was and As It Is (1847). Mayer's second literary effort on the subject, Mexico, Aztec, Spanish and Republican (1852), was published after Green finished his journal.
10. Calzadas: causeways.
11. Tecallis: Mexican temples.
12. The Archbishop's Palace at Tacubaya served as Santa Anna's suburban retreat when he was attending to his official presidential duties in the capital. When the main body of prisoners arrived in Mexico City six weeks later, their guards put them to work building a paved road from the town to the estate. McCutchan, Mier Expedition Diary, 95-96; Stapp, Prisoners of Perote, 117-121.
13. A lifelong and devoted admirer of Andrew Jackson, Green named his son Andrew Jackson Green, but permanently changed it to Wharton Jackson Green as a result of Jackson's anti-states' rights position in the South Carolina nullification crisis in 1833. Green, Recollections and Reflections, 24.
14. On January 24, 1843, shortly after learning of the defeat of Fisher's men at Mier, Houston