University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Mier Expedition Papers, 1840-1937

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mier Expedition
Title: Mier Expedition Papers
Dates: 1840-1937
Extent: 5 in.
Laguage: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

Stemming from the ill-fated Somervell expedition, about 300 Texans raided the Mexican village of Mier in December 1842 and subsequently were defeated and imprisoned. The attack was not sanctioned by the Texan government or President Sam Houston. The prisoners attempted escape while being transported to Mexico City. As punishment, every 10th man would be executed, and the condemned were selected by a random drawing of beans from a jar (later known as the Black Bean Episode).

Scope and Contents

Collection includes a diary, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and related material.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mier Expedition Papers, 1840-1937, Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Papers



2F39 Diary
Newspapers and clippings
3L350 Scrapbook
3T84 Photograph: Monument at Washington-on-the-Brazos
Postcard: Sophienburg Museum in New Braunfels, Texas