Never Call Retreat (The Centennial History of the Civil War, by Bruce Catton

By Bruce Catton

"A wonderful stylist . . . a main historian. Familiarity with subject material due to decades of analysis and narrative abilities exceeding these of the other Civil struggle historian permit him to maneuver alongside speedily and easily and bring a narrative that's informative, dramatic, and absorbingly interesting." --Dr. Bell I. Wiley, after analyzing the manuscript of Never name Retreat

The ultimate quantity of Bruce Catton's enormous Centennial background of the Civil warfare strains the struggle from Fredericksburg in the course of the succeeding grim and incessant campaigns to the Courthouse at Appomattox and the demise of Lincoln.

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His troubles began when he got into a serious fistfight with a fellow student in November of 1821.

Very quickly, however, the intentions of the Council took on more ominous colors. A minority group of pro-independence radicals seized control of the Council and began to agitate for a lot more than just resolution of minor problems from Mexico City. The radicals wanted separation from Mexico. They were after Texas independence, and they made it clear they would settle for nothing less. One of the most vocal supporters of secession from Mexico was a newcomer to the territory, a man named William Barret Travis.

After the battle the Anglo-Europeans and Americans living on Texas soil still had two choicesthe same choices they had before the battle was fought: They could either submit to the legal government of the land (Mexico), or they could leave the land and go somewhere elseto the United States, for example. For most Texans, the debacle at the Alamo was convincing evidence that resistance to Santa Anna was both foolish and useless. No Texas army could defeat Santa Anna's well-trained army, no matter how badly they had wanted to.

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