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TRUE BLUE. The True Blue was published weekly in Santiago Castle in Mexico City beginning between April and May 1842 by Texan prisoners captured on the Texan Santa Fe expedition. A total of six issues of the journal appeared, written by hand on a single sheet of paper under the motto Ubi Libertas Ibi Mea Patria. The paper was edited by George Washington Grover, who signed himself Snooks, or Simon Pure, and it reported on prison life and contained humorous material and mock advertisements. The last sheet contained farewell poetry and statistics on the Santa Fe expedition.


Joe B. Frantz, Newspapers of the Republic of Texas (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1940). Mary Glasscock Frazier, Texas Newspapers during the Republic (March 2, 1836-February 19, 1846) (M. Journ. thesis, University of Texas, 1931). C. Richard King, "True Blue," West Texas Historical Association Year Book 36 (October 1960). Marilyn M. Sibley, Lone Stars and State Gazettes: Texas Newspapers before the Civil War (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1983).

Diana J. Kleiner


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Diana J. Kleiner, "TRUE BLUE," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed January 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.