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    [Texas Revolution]. Hermann Ehrenberg. Texas und seine Revolution. Leipzig: Otto Wigand. 1843. First edition, 8vo, 258 pages with publisher's advertisements backing original yellow wrappers plus additional leaf of advertisements at end. Later bound with marbled boards; paper label on spine with black lettering. Written in German. Housed in red cardboard wrapper and custom pressboard case with raised bands and gilt lettering on spine.

    Hermann Ehrenberg immigrated to New York in 1834 from Prussia and joined the New Orleans Greys the following year. He fought in the siege of Bexar, and then spent the winter at the Alamo procuring supplies for the Army. Under James W. Fannin's leadership, he and a group of the Greys set out from San Antonio but were soon forced to surrender to General Jose de Urrea. A week later, he was one of the few who escaped the Goliad Massacre by fleeing through the heavy gun smoke and jumping into the San Antonio River. For several days, he traveled through the prairies, finding shelter in a couple of abandoned plantation houses along the way until he reasoned that the only way to survive would be to surrender to General Urrea. Ehrenberg posed as a Prussian traveler seeking protection, and Urrea, admiring the boy's daring action, took in the "little Prussian." Ehrenberg was taken with Urrea's troops to Matagorda, and after news of the battle of San Jacinto, he eventually reached freedom.

    A gifted explorer, mapmaker and surveyor in the Southwest (1840s-'60s), Ehrenberg founded the town of Ehrenberg, Arizona. Later he went to Oregon and California, and then returned to the Southwest where he was killed by Indians in 1866.

    Condition:
    Tight contemporary binding; faint wear to board corners and spine ends. Occasional foxing; three leaves have been professionally repaired along edges. Near fine.

    References:
    Clements Library Texas 25. Howes E83. Jones 1069. Rader 1285. Raines p. 75. Sabin 22072. Streeter 1454.


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