Written for both the specialist and the casual reader, Texas and the Mexican War discusses the pivotal role Texas played in the Mexican War, battles fought on Texas soil, and the contributions--for better or sometimes worse--of Texas troops throughout the war. Since the opening of hostilities in 1846, the Mexican War has remained controversial. Author Charles M. Robinson III describes how attitudes of the era were influenced by sectional, political, and social differences, and, in recent times, by comparison to conflicts such as Vietnam. Robinson draws on U.S. and Mexican sources to discuss conditions in both countries that he believes made the war inevitable.
Besides examining the political and military differences, he reveals the motivations, egos, pettiness, and quarrels of the various generals and politicians in the United States and Mexico. He also looks at how the common soldier saw the war. The extensive citations include commentaries on the historiography of the war. The book is profusely illustrated with contemporary photographs, sketches, and drawings, many from the author's own collection.
Besides an account of the war itself, sidebars throughout the book titled "Then and Now" serve as a guide for those who want to visit important Mexican War sites in Texas, northern Mexico, and Louisiana.
CHARLES M. ROBINSON III, history instructor at South Texas Community College in McAllen, received a citation from the National Park Service for his efforts in helping preserve the Mexican War battlefield of Palo Alto and bringing it into the National Park system. He is the author of thirteen books, primarily on the American West, including the first of six projected volumes of the edited and annotated John Gregory Bourke diaries. His book Bad Hand: A Biography of General Ranald S. Mackenzie won the Texas Historical Commission's T. R. Fehrenbach Book Award.