Marauders Prey on
Frontier Trade and Life
OTHER MEXICAN RAIDS occurred in 1841. Near the middle of July,
three wagons loaded with tobacco and dry goods on the road from the coast
to San Antonio were robbed near Victoria by a party of some twenty
Mexicans. A "spy company" left Victoria on the 20th to ascertain the number
and location of the enemy. Public
meetings were held at Victoria, Goliad,
and San Patricio to devise measures to prevent further marauding attacks. The
repeated acts of treachery on the part of the Mexicans had destroyed entirely
the little confidence the Texans had placed in them. A committee of safety
was created at Victoria to correspond with the Secretary of War, who, in the
meantime, authorized the raising of volunteers to disperse the Mexican bands
on this side of the Río Grande. The volunteers were scheduled to rendezvous
at Goliad on August 1. "Another campaign," declared the editor of the
Morning Star, "Would afford the most sincere delight to the hundreds of idle
men who have gathered on the western
In August 1841, about six weeks after the capture of Dimitt, a party of
approximately fifty Texans consisting of the Minute Men of San Patricio and
a few volunteers from Gonzales, reported L. S.
Hagler, made an excursion to
the southern extremity of Padre Island, and in the afternoon of August 17
surprised and captured a Mexican captain by the name of Corsco and nine
soldiers stationed at a rancho. The soldiers offered no resistance, and were
taken with their horses to San Patricio and turned over to the chief justice of
the county to be exchanged for the same number of Texan prisoners in
Matamoros. The Mexican captain, it was reported, wrote to General Ampudia
at Matamoros suggesting the exchange and requesting that Dimitt be included
1. Telegraph and Texas Register (Houston), July 28, 1841.
2. Quoted in ibid. For data on the status of the western trade, see ibid., June
16, 23, July 28, and Dec. 8, 1841.
3. Ibid., Sept. 15, 1841.