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TIN HORN WAR. The name Tin Horn War is given to a series of minor disturbances along the Mexican border that accompanied revolutionary activities of Catarino Garza against Porfirio Díaz between December 1891 and January 1893. Garza's raiders were hunted by both United States and Mexican authorities. On December 21, 1891, the revolutionists surrounded a scouting party from Laredo near Fort McIntosh and killed one man and wounded another. In the following months additional guard units under the direction of Gen. Woodford H. Mabry were posted along the border to prevent movement of the bandits back and forth across the Rio Grande. The disturbances were ended on January 21, 1893, when surviving leaders of Garza's band were captured about sixty miles from Rio Grande City by a sheriff's posse and United States troops.


Frank H. Bushick, Glamorous Days (San Antonio: Naylor, 1934). Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army (2 vols., Washington: GPO, 1903; rpt., Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1965).


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

"TIN HORN WAR," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 04, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.