Eagle Pass; Or, Life On The Border. Cora Montgomery, Jane Maria Eliza Storms Cazneau.
Eagle Pass; Or, Life On The Border

Eagle Pass; Or, Life On The Border

New York: George Putnam & Co., 1852. Item #560

12mo. 110 x 65 mm. (6 ¾ x 4 ¾ inches). 188 pp. Binding absent and spine exposed. This is the textblock only. Some damp staining to title page and edges, but text is unaffected. Pages overall clean and unmarked.  

 A memoir by journalist Jane Cazneau, using the penname Cora Montgomery, about her experience living on the Mexican border in Texas in the early 1850s. In it, she asserts that legal Texas residents are being kidnapped and forced into “Peon Slavery” in Mexico and in the ‘Introduction’ she pleads for assistance from authorities. In his Bibliography of Texas, Raines calls it, “An unpleasant picture of maladministration on the Rio Grande.” 

 Cazneau wrote extensively during her lifetime and was a  reporter for the New York Sun among other publications. During the Mexican War, she reported from behind enemy lines, becoming one of the first women war correspondents. She strongly believed in Manifest Destiny, possibly even coining the phrase, and supported, U.S. annexation of Mexico and, with it, slavery in the South. Because of her nationalist views, however, she ultimately opposed succession of the Confederacy during the Civil War.  

 Sabin 50123.  Howes C251. Raines, A Bibliography of Texas: pp. 151–52.  Reilly, Tom, “Jane McManus Storms: Letters from the Mexican War, 1846-1848”, The Southwestern Historical Quarterly Vol. 85, No. 1 (July, 1981), pp. 21-44. Elizabeth Piedmont-Marton, “Manifest Destiny,” Texas Observer, August 3, 2001.


Price: $100.00