Part 25: The 2nd Great Southwestern War
Chapter 15: The 2nd Great Southwestern War
The Americans let us know that they are going to honor the guarantee of independence they gave us some years age. Mexico has just started a repeat of the 3rd American-Mexican War, and they will probably regret it.
Mexican are moving toward their former possessions. American troops stand vigilant on their border. President has apparently ordered that troops are not to move into the Republic of Texas unless the Mexicans threaten the American border through conquered Texan territory. (The AI will not assist me in this situation until the Mexicans take a province that borders them; I blame both the historical Andrew Jackson and my fictional one) We think the American President wants to test our current military capabilities before sending his troops in.
At this time we also move to mobilize our reserves. Eighty thousand men should be ready in a few months.
We offer the United States our knowledge of Organic Chemistry for a support package of £10000, and they accept. We will need the cash to fund the war effort.
Some Irish soldiers had immigrated to Las Vegas, and we decide to create two Irish divisions based out of Las Vegas. All are welcome in the Army of the Republic.
Our current army of two divisions in Tucson is ordered to make its way to Austin, engaging the enemy along the way only if we outnumber them.
Revilla is the first province to fall to the Mexican forces, and their troops there begin towards San Antonio.
The United States has gone ahead and landed troops in Tampico and is blockading the eastern Mexican coast. Unfortunately for us President Jacksons orders for the rest of the army still stands.
Our two divisions, which arrived in Austin quickly and without incident thanks to our rail system, are sent to engage forces in San Fernando. We should be able to defeat the Mexican forces present there and mobilized forces will be ready soon.
On their way there, the cities of El Rosario (Baja California), Chihuahua, San Fernando and Matamoros fall to Mexican forces, and all President Throckmorton can do is send angry letters to President Jackson and hope for the success of operations in San Fernando.
The Battle of San Fernando begins. Mexican General Tola is outnumber nearly 6 to 1 and should be defeated easily.
Disaster! Mexican reinforcements arrived and surrounded our army in San Fernando. We suffered a total loss, and are now left without an army.
We are left without an army for only one day. The day after the end of the Battle of San Fernando, it is announced that the mobilized forces are ready. Sixty thousand men are deployed to Austin to form a new Army of Texas, and twenty thousand are deployed to San Bernardino and form the new 1st Corps. We are going to show the Mexicans and Americans that Texas can fight. Remember San Fernando! Texas Texas Whiskey!
An army officer education program is started, and the first man to rise above the rest is General Bee. Bee has had little real war experience before now, but he is rather courageous. He is definitely no Houston but he will do for now. (I'm not really sure whether or not its worth putting bad generals in charge of armies but I like to give armies to assholes and idiots just because its funny)
Corpus Christi falls, and General Bee is told to go liberate Corpus, stopping to engage Mexicans in San Antonio along the way.
The 1st Corps is sent to San Diego to drive off Mexican General Diaz, who has invaded Texan California with only a thousand men.
Bee arrives in San Antonio and quickly crushes the Mexican forces there. It appears the Mexican military is not running at full capacity, possibly due to economic reasons. We need to take advantage of this and destroy as many of the now small Mexican divisions as we can.
It is a similar scene in San Diego. Diaz is forced to retreat to El Rosario.
Bee encounters better equipped Mexican forces in Corpus Christi but they are still outnumbered and are driven out of the province.
Diaz is chased to El Rosario, but when we engage his men there they suffer only a few losses before retreating to Buena Vista.
The Irish infantry divisions are ready and deployed to Roswell, from which they can assault Mexican divisions in Caliente and El Paso.
General Bee returns to San Antonio to engage a much larger Mexican force there. The battle continues for a few days until the Mexicans retreat and head to Matamoros, and General Bee is right behind them.
The Mexicans send an envoy to offer peace, demanding El Rosario. Perhaps they are encountering more Texan resistance than they expected and are realizing that if they do manage to crush our forces the Army of the United States is waiting to pour across the border.
We decline the offer, of course.
The Irish divisions are sent to El Paso, where they should be able to stop the capture of that city.
General Bee arrives in Matamoros and encounters only two divisions. They are quickly forced to retreat.
The Irish divisions arrive in El Paso to find 10 well equipped and high morale Mexican divisions under the command of the esteemed General Sanchez. The Irish divisions are lucky that Mexico did not have a chance to reinforce these men. The odds are not favoring the Irish for this fight though; the only merit to their leader is that he is named Houston (no relation to Sam).
The Irish divisions triumph! While celebrating the victory the divisions drunkenly decide to strike at the Mexican divisions in Caliente, and they quickly stumble out of the gates of El Paso heading west.
While the Irish make their way west, the 1st Corps liberates El Rosario and moves to take the rest of the Baja peninsula. The Mexican Diaz sits in Buena Vista and licks his wounds but we will be there to give him fresh ones soon.
The Battle of Caliente is one for the history books. A Mexican garrison of 833 men under Sesma awake early in the morning to find twenty thousand drunk Irish Texans coming at them from nearly everywhere. The Irish are completely wasted. The terrified Mexicans are assaulted with guns, knives, whiskey bottles, rocks and anything else the Irish can get their hands on.
No Mexicans survive the battle. 430 Irishmen die, mostly to alcohol poisoning and exhaustion in the West Texas heat. The Irish leader Houston is found passed out near a dead Mexican and a cactus that had been uprooted, wearing the largest sombrero anyone had ever seen.
While the Battle of Caliente was a success, we aren't willing to take similar chances in the future and tell the Irish to sober up and prepare to be sent back to El Paso, where Mexican forces have returned to retake the city.
San Antonio falls and Matamoros is liberated, but we fear that the days of Bee's roving army in South Texas have come to an end. More than seventy thounsand Mexicans are in the area of San Antonio, some of which have split off and assaulted Austin. Mexico has too many divisions for our three armies to handle.
Bee is ordered to fall back to Houston, where he take in the situation and decide whether or not he has enough men to free Austin from Mexico's grip.
For the first time in the 37 year history of the Republic, our capital of Austin falls to Mexican forces. President Throckmorton and the government of the Republic are forced to move to Houston until Austin is liberated.
The United States takes the fall of Austin as a sign to send in their men. One hundred and twenty-two thousand Americans swarm across the border and engage a Mexican army that had only just begun to dig in. Just as in the first Great Southwestern War, America is going to turn the tide against a Mexico that thought itself victorious in Texas.