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This Day in Texas History: Benavides Crosses Rio Grande in Pursuit of Mexican “Unionists”

This Day in Texas History: Benavides Crosses Rio Grande in Pursuit of Mexican “Unionists” September 1, 1863 On this day in 1863, Maj. Santos Benavides, the highest-ranking Mexican American to serve in the Confederacy, led seventy-nine men of the predominantly Tejano Thirty-third Texas Cavalry across the Rio Grande in pursuit of the bandit Octaviano Zapata.…
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This Day in Texas History: Black Infantrymen Allegedly Attack Brownsville Citizens

This Day in Texas History:Black Infantrymen Allegedly Attack Brownsville CitizensAugust 13, 1906 On this day in 1906, black soldiers of the Twenty-fifth U.S. Infantry allegedly attacked citizens of Brownsville. The event resulted in the largest summary dismissals in the history of the United States Army. The soldiers, newly arrived at Fort Brown from the Philippines…
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This Day in Texas History: Border Photographer Documents Mexican Revolution

This Day in Texas History: Border Photographer Documents Mexican Revolution June 04, 1913 On this day in 1913, Brownsville photographer Robert Runyon arrived in Matamoros and began compiling a unique record of the Mexican Revolution along the Texas-Mexico border. The Kentucky native arrived in Texas in 1909 and opened a photography studio the following year.…
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This Day in Texas History: First battle of the Mexican War

This Day in Texas History: First battle of the Mexican War May 08, 1846 On this day in 1846, the battle of Palo Alto, the first major engagement of the Mexican War, was fought. At the site north of Brownsville, American forces under Gen. Zachary Taylor clashed with Mexican troops commanded by Gen. Mariano Arista.…
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This Day in Texas History: Frank Hamer Rejoins the Rangers

This Day in Texas History: Frank Hamer Rejoins the Rangers March 29, 1915 On March 29, 1915, Frank Hamer rejoined the rangers at Del Rio and began one of the most eventful periods of his peace officer career. HAMER, FRANCIS AUGUSTUS (1884–1955). Francis A. Hamer, Texas Ranger, son of Frank and Lou Emma (Francis) Hamer, was…
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