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    William Preston Stapp. The Prisoners of Perote, Containing a Journal Kept by the Author, Who was Captured by the Mexicans at Mier, December 25, 1842 and Released from Perote May 16, 1844. Philadelphia: G.B. Zieber and Company, 1845. First edition. 12mo. 164, 4 pp., ads. Publisher's printed paper wrappers. Some wear to front cover (lacking rear) with minor tears, loss, and staining. Slight lean. Touch of dampstaining to bottom corner and small stain to fore-edge. Lightly folded corners. A few gatherings somewhat sprung. Otherwise, generally a very good copy.

    William Preston Stapp joined the Texas forces in October 1842 and was one of the members of the Texas expedition against Mier. He was taken prisoner in 1842 and released two years later. His narrative includes a chronology of events in Texas from 1836 to 1842, and accounts of the Dawson Massacre and the Vasquez and Woll expeditions.

    References: Streeter Texas 1610. Graff 3949, Graff Fifty Texas Rarities: "The author was a member of Col. W. S. Fisher's party which was defeated by the Mexicans at Mier in 1842. The better part of the book is the author's account of the long march to Mexico City and his imprisonment in the castle of Perote. He was released after nearly two years through the intervention of his uncle, General Milton Stapp." Howes S-891, Howes-Hartley S-901. Jenkins Basic Texas Books, 197: "This was the first book to appear on the Mier Expedition; it is still one of the best. Stapp was a highly literate private soldier, observant and interested in what went on around him." Raines p. 194. Sabin 90483.


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