Letter’s to the Editor
I debated with myself for several days before ultimately deciding to offer this additional correction to Dr. Swinehart’s rendition of Texas history, fearing that it might be misconstrued as a personal confrontation – which it is not. I am merely interested in providing your readers with correct historical information.
I appreciate Dr. Swinehart’s comments with regard to my previous letter and his having acknowledged that Texas was not acquired by the United States as a result of the U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848). His comments were quite gracious and much appreciated by me.
However, in the interest of keeping the representation of Texas history accurate, I decided that I would address the comment in his response to that previous letter, wherein he states: “As I remember, Texas was independent for about 13 years.” The Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836, was the decisive confrontation that won Texas its independence; the Republic was annexed to the United States on December 29, 1845. Thus, the correction I offer is “about nine years (and eight months)” and not “about 13 years.” Perhaps this is insignificant to some, but it is important to me and to others whose ancestry is rooted in the history of the Republic of Texas.
Again, I want to thank Dr. Swinehart and to El Ojo del Lago for providing these articles of interest and import to both Mexico and the United States.