Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Texas Republic, reprised

Russian academic Igor Panarin's view of a divided US is on wsj online.

Panarin is projecting what "will" happen by 2010.

Fifty years earlier, in 1960, MacKinlay Kantor postulated what would have happened if the South had won the Civil War. Alaska was never purchased by the US, and remained in Russian hands, as Panarin predicts for the future. Texas did become its own entity.

See IPBiz post Re-writing history, really...

One wonders if there will be revived interest in "Red Dawn."

At least the Texas Republic will have a good start on its own patent court, in ED Texas, which may be getting separated from the rest of the world per the recent CAFC decision.


One reader wrote about a book Slaughter at Goliad: The Mexican Massacre of 400 Texas Volunteers by Jay Stout.
One piece of promotional text asserted:

Following a one-sided battle on the prairie near Coleto Creek, 250 mostly American prisoners were marched back to the presidio at Goliad where they were joined by more than 200 others. Subsequently, on orders from President Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, they were brutally slaughtered on Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836. The loss of so many fighting men in a single day was, at the time, one of the largest in U.S. history.

IPBiz readers may recall the post concerning the battle between General Arthur St. Clair and Little Turtle on September 17, 1791, wherein 623 American soldiers died, which is roughly the combination of deaths at Goliad AND Little Big Horn. See for example Early America's Bloodiest Battle [which notes: In relative terms, some historians have called it the country's worst military defeat ever because it left the United States with a total army of about 300.] In terms of political significance, the investigation by Congress of this debacle was the first Congressional investigation of an executive branch action. Whatever happened at Goliad, it was chump change to what happened on the Maumee River, both in terms of deaths and political significance.

See http://ipbiz.blogspot.com/2008/10/bodog-scalped-by-cafc.html

[Apologies to Mr. Stout for not clearly distinguishing the reference to Little Turtle's battle from the battle of relevance to bodog, and most of the IP theme. Nevertheless, it remains true that Little Turtle and his men killed more American soldiers than Americans (who were not soldiers fighting under the US flag) died at Goliad.]

In passing, IPBiz has to note Abraham Lincoln's "spot resolution", a copy of which is enshrined in Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City.

Also, in passing, recall the trial, in the US, of Aaron Burr, arising from his filibustering expedition. The US did not take well to armed men trying to set up shop in the US.


Blogger Jay Stout said...

Regarding the Battle of the Beaver Dams...I believe the command was surrendered and that the vast majority of the men were not killed.


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