Colonel Crockett's Exploits and Adventures in Texas
"Colonel Crockett's Exploits and Adventures in Texas, Written by Himself" by David "Davy" Crockett is an first-hand account by Crockett that commences where his autobiography, "Narrative of the Life of David Crockett of the State of Tennessee" leaves off.
The "Narrative of the Life of David Crockett of the State of Tennessee" was written, in part, as a campaign piece in Crockett's House of Representatives re-election effort for the 1834 Congressional term. As such, he makes frequent reference to the burning question of the day----President Jackson's destruction of the United States Bank----which Davy opposed even though he was of Jackson's party. Jacksonian Democrats used all their influence to try to defeat Crockett as they had in 1832 when he opposed Jackson's Indian (Cherokee Removal Bill) bill. In the 1832 effort, Davy prevailed. But in this election (1834) he was defeated. Near the end of the 1834 campaign, Crockett said in his inimitable style to his enemies, "If I lose this race, you can all go to hell---I'll go to Texas!"
This book, published posthumously, was the result. Crockett planned to publish details of his Texas trip as a springboard to further political office either in Tennessee, or if he liked Texas enough to make it his new home, in that state. Unfortunately, he perished in the the massacre at the Alamo. The battle, though a defeat for the Texas forces, became watchword----Remember The Alamo!----for Texas independence. His notes for the book were found at the Alamo after independence was won. A final chapter was added by A. J Dumas who published Crockett's words, making the story current through the Battle of San Jacinto. At that battle, where the Alamo watchwords were first used, the Texian army led by Sam Huston crushed the Mexican army under General Santa Ana and achieved independence.
A must read in the "King of the Wild Frontier's" own inimitable language, descri