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    [Texas Revolution]. H[ermann] von Ehrenberg. Der Freiheitskampf in Texas in Jahre 1836. Leipzig: Verlag von Otto Wigand, 1844. First edition. 32mo, ii, 293 pages. In German. One of the earliest German accounts of Texas and the War for Independence. Advertisements in the back. This edition contains a foreword by the publisher that is absent in all others. Brown leather over boards. Faded title gilt stamped on spine; decorative blind and gilt stamping also on spine. Light areas of waterstaining on the pages throughout. Small tear to edge of page 217-218. Bumped corners. Spine is rubbed, especially at the head and foot. Boards are worn and rubbed.

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

    Reference: Howes E83. Eberstadt 121-321. Sabin 22072.


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