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Zachary Taylor’s Army in Texas

Zachary Taylor’s Army in Texas

Zachary Taylor brought half of the entire U. S. Army from all over the United States to Corpus Christi, Texas in the summer of 1845. The nearly 4,000 troops were there to protect the U. S. claim to Texas lands extending all the way to the Rio Grande River. During their stay in the settlement of Corpus Christi the army was molded into a cohesive fighting force, which marched south to the border. There the army was attacked by superior Mexican forces. Taylor’s troops won lopsided victories at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma and then occupied Matamoras without opposition. 232 pages with 25 photos and maps.

1919 Storm

1919 Storm

A powerful hurricane devastated Corpus Christi on September 14, 1919. It left an official death toll of 284 with estimates of up to 500 more uncounted dead. Low-lying sections of the city were inundated by up to twelve feet of storm-driven tides. In the downtown, known as the beach section, buildings lining the bay were destroyed or heavily damaged, while the rest of the downtown was flooded with oil-slicked waters. On North Beach, Corpus Christi’s first suburban neighborhood of substantial residences, more than 220 homes were demolished by the storm tide. Those residents unable to reach the safety of high ground were swept into Nueces Bay to battle the storm and debris for their lives. Many died, but some survived the 14-mile struggle across the bay to come ashore at White Point or the Turner Ranch on the back side of Nueces Bay.

WATER WOES – The Corpus Christi Water Supply

WATER WOES – The Corpus Christi Water Supply

Water Woes traces the development of the Corpus Christi, Texas water system from its beginning in 1892, serving a city of 4,000, people to supplying water to over a half million people in 2020. The woes include salt in the water supply, a ruptured dam, a defectively designed second dam, rupturing waterlines, water boils and severe droughts leading to rationing. The woes are capped off by a protracted political battle over the location of a dam, which ended up in the wrong location, at a huge cost overrun that provides little additional water to the city. Water Woes is an excellent reference for the water professional, as well as the history-minded reader.

100 Tales of Old Texas

100 Tales of Old Texas

Texas has a long and rich history. Libraries and collections have many old books, originally printed in small quantities many years ago. Murphy Givens has compiled stories related in some of these hard-to-find old histories into a collection of 100 historic recollections. All tales are from books, newspapers or magazines over 60 years old. They were selected for their tales relating to Texas and Texans. You might recognize some of these writings, but most of them will be new for you and you will enjoy finding new adventures in Texas history through this volume, the latest book from Nueces Press.

Thomas Noakes – Diary of War, Drought and Hard Times

Thomas Noakes – Diary of War, Drought and Hard Times

Thomas Noakes would be a forgotten man, possibly known for his painting of the Civil War Battle of Corpus Christi or the 1875 bandit raid on his Nueces town store. But he kept a diary of his mundane life, telling of his struggles to exist in South Texas during the hard years of the Civil War. From 1858 to 1867 Noakes recorded his life as a British immigrant to South Texas as he attempted to establish a cattle-raising operation. His struggles were interrupted by the Civil War. His diary details the hardships of life in South Texas exacerbated by a severe drought and freezing winters. Murphy Givens, as Editor, has extensively annotated the diary to clarify Noakes entries.