Texian Volunteer vs Mexican Soldier
The Texas Revolution 1835–36



Ron Field


Steve Noon


This 80 page Paperback book is the 74th book in the Combat series of books that are available from Osprey Publications.

Following unrest throughout Mexico, in 1835 a revolt began in Texas among the Anglophone and Tejano-speaking settlers, known as Texians. Having retreated after their defeat at Bexar in December 1835, Mexican troops were ordered to re-occupy Texas in early 1836. In this volume, US military history expert Ron Field explores in detail three key battles that ensued.

From February 23, Mexican forces besieged the Texian forces at the Alamo at San Antonio de Bexar; in the subsequent battle on March 6, almost all of the Texian defenders were killed.

On March 19, forces en route to join the main Texian army were surrounded by Mexican troops at Coleto Creek. Following their surrender, about 340 Texian prisoners were shot by Mexican soldiers in what became known as the Goliad Massacre.

On April 21, a Texian force launched a surprise attack on a larger Mexican army near the San Jacinto River, the decisive Texian victory that resulted is the third battle to be investigated in this study.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The Opposing Sides
    • Origins and Organization
    • Training and Tactics
    • Uniforms and Weapons
  • The Alamo
    • March 6, 1836
  • Coleto Creek
    • March 19-20, 1836
  • San Jacinto
    • April 20-21, 1836
  • Analysis
    • The Alamo
    • Coleto Creek
    • San Jacinto
  • · Aftermath
  • · Orders of Battle
  • · Select Bibliography
  • · Index

This book features full-color artwork and maps, drawing upon the latest research. This book investigates the fighting men of both sides at the Alamo, Coleto Creek, and the San Jacinto River, casting light on the doctrine, tactics, weaponry, and combat record of the Texian and Mexican combatants who clashed in the first weeks of the emerging Republic of Texas.


Of special interest to readers is learning about the doctrine and tactics that each side used. Also, the different weapons and combat record of each side is studied. With the maps and color drawings, you are provided with new details based on the research that was conducted.

Combat 74, Texian Volunteer versus Mexican Soldier is a book that is of particular interest to the Figure Painter, Vignette Creator or Wargamer. They can use the uniform information that is presented within this book to realistically paint their figures. They can also look at the pictures and use them as a sample to create a vignette of the action. Finally, the wargamer can use this book and paint their figures to be historically correct.

Combat 74, the Texian Volunteer versus the Mexican Soldier, the Texas Revolution of 1835 – 1836 is an 80-page paperback book that is available from local book sellers or Osprey Publications.


Paperback $23.00
eBook (ePub) $18.40
eBook (PDF) $18.40