About The Mier Rolls
Mier Expedition Lists and Muster Rolls
These lists and rolls may be authenticated copies (signed by officers of the Expedition) of the originals that would have been lost in the fire at the Adjutant General's office in 1855. There are three command lists and six muster rolls that have survived, now at the Texas State Library and Archives. They are:
We are fortunate to now have J. M. Nance's monumental work [1, 2] on the Mier Expedition and its men. Nance reportedly spent decades gathering all known material, including journals, letters and Republic records to better identify the participants of the Expedition. For some of the men, not public figures, Nance mentioned he could not find additional biographical information.
The Research Help page lists some of these Republic records which are now available as online images, such as the individual certificates of service for many of the men, signed by Col. Fisher the day of their release from Perote Castle (see Republic Claims on the Research Help page.)
A member of the Expedition, Thomas Jefferson Green, published his journal in 1845 (see below). From this journal we have his list of the participants.
The Mier Expedition section of the Campaigns of 1842 includes two comparisons of list names: "Nance vs Fisher Lists" and "Green vs Nance Lists". In both cases the lists have been reordered to align names believed to be of the same soldier. The spelling of names varies from list to list for most of the men and it is important to note that other Republic of Texas records may be indexed with some of these name variations.
|1.||Nance, Joseph M., Dare-Devils All: The Texan Mier Expedition, 1842-1844, Archie P. McDonald, ed., Eakin Press, Austin, Texas, illus., photos, 608 pp., 1998. Story of the ill-fated expedition, list of men. Nance's page references to T. J. Green's Journal are to the 1845 edition.|
|2.||Nance, Joseph M., Dare-Devils All, Volume II, Archie P. McDonald, ed., Eakin Press, Austin, Texas, 182 pp., 2000. Biographical Data on Selected Members of the Mier Expedition.|
|3.||Green, Thomas J., Journal of the Texian Expedition Against Mier, Sam W. Haynes, ed., W. Thomas Taylor, Austin, 325 pp., 13 illus., index, biblio., notes, 1993. (A republication of the original published by Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 82 Cliff Street, New York, 487 pp., 1845.) The 1993 edition is online with scans of the Plan of Mier and the Ground Plan of the Castle of Perote from the 1845 book. Page numbers of the 1845 edition are included in the text, within square brackets. See Research Help page for location.|