Texas Day by Day
On this day in Texas history…
Irredentist forces from Mexico try to take back Texas
September 11th, 1842
On this day in 1842, Mexican general Adrián Woll, with a force of about 1,200 men, captured the city of San Antonio. Woll's expedition was part of the continued skirmishing that went on between the Texas Revolution and the Mexican War. Woll's army was repulsed by Texan troops in the battle of Salado Creek on September 18, evacuated San Antonio two days later, and returned to Coahuila. The Mexican government hailed Woll's Texas campaign as a success, promoted him to major general, and awarded him its Cross of Honor. Texans responded to the attack by launching the Somervell and Mier expeditions.