What We Do
Since 1989, our organization has carried out or participated in a variety of activities and projects that were initiated for the purpose of meeting our stated objectives. Below is a review, by category, of our most significant activities and accomplishments.
Historical Markers and Memorials
City of Brownsville Heritage Trail Marker
"The Siege of Fort Brown"
Brownsville, Texas, 1995
Fort Brown Flagpole
To Honor the Defenders of May 3-8, 1846
Brownsville, Texas, 1996
Design layout and repositioning of existing markers at Fort Brown,
Brownsville, Texas, 1996
Two flagpoles erected at Old Bayview Cemetery, Corpus Christi, Texas, 2000
VA grave markers installed at Old Bayview Cemetery, Corpus Christi, Texas, 2002, to commemorate the victims of the 1845 Dayton disaster
Army of Occupation Monument, at Old Bayview Cemetery, Corpus Christi, Texas, honoring 69 soldiers who died 1845-1846, whose grave locations are unknown. Erected and dedicated 2004
This is a close-up of the panel to be placed on the prominade in Pascagoula, MS near the site of the Camp Jefferson Davis.
There will be audio with the marker and plans are underway to have a QR code as well as a cell phone tour. 2013
This the Mississippi Department of Archives and History highway-style marker sponsored by the DMWV and placed on the jogging trail near the main entrance to the beach at the Beach Park, Pascagoula, MS near the site of the Camp Jefferson Davis. 2014
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Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park
The DMWV was one of several organizations and individuals who encouraged passage of the bill that was signed into law in 1992, creating the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park. In May 1993, during dedication ceremonies in Brownsville, the DMWV was recognized by both the United States National Park Service and the Palo Alto National Park Committee for the role it played in the establishment of the park.
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Graves Registry Project
In June 1997 the Board of Directors of The Descendants of Mexican War Veterans unanimously approved a project whereby the organization will compile a list of the known locations of graves of Mexican War veterans.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! In order to meet our objective, the DMWV is asking anyone who knows the location of the grave of a Mexican War Veteran to provide us with that information. To participate in this project, please complete a Graves Registration Form and mail it to:
DMWV National Office
P.O. Box 461941
Garland, TX 75046-1941
Note: In order to download, view or print the Graves Registry form, you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click on the icon to download the reader if you don't have it already.
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Since 1993 the DMWV was formally represented by officers and members who attended and/or presented papers at various scholarly conferences that focused on the U.S.-Mexican War. These were:
- 1st Annual Palo Alto Conference, Brownsville, Texas, May 7-8,1993
- 2nd Annual Bi-National Conference on the U.S.-Mexican War, Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, February 11-12, 1994
- 3rd Annual Bi-National Conference on the U.S.-Mexican War, Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, February 10-11, 1995
- 4th Annual Palo Alto Conference, University of Texas at Arlington, October 25-26, 1996
- Sesquicentenary Conference on the U.S.-Mexican War, San Antonio, Texas, September 12, 1998
- The Bi-National US-Mexican War Conference held in Corpus Christi, Texas September 2002
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Here is a list of some of the miscellaneous projects in which DMWV members were involved or that were carried out by the DMWV:
- Held a Memorial Service for Victims of the 1845 Dayton Disaster, September 17, 1995. Old Bayview Cemetery, Corpus Christi, Texas
- Held a Memorial Service For "All the Soldiers Who Died in the War with Mexico," May 24, 1997, Grounds of the Port Isabel Lighthouse, Port Isabel, Texas
- Held a Memorial Service For Capt. Samuel H. Walker, on the 150th Anniversary of His Death, October 12, 1997, Odd Fellows Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas
- Between 1991 and 1998, several DMWV members assisted PBS station KERA-TV (Channel 13) in Dallas, Texas with its U.S.-Mexican War documentary, which aired nationally in September 1998. Some of these same members received credits in both the documentary and the accompanying book.
- In 1996, the DMWV assisted the National Parks and Conservation Association with its production of a booklet featuring historic sites of the U.S.-Mexican War.
- In March 1996, the DMWV launched its Internet website. In 1999, the portion dealing with the U.S.-Mexican War received a rating of "Superior" from Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
- Several DMWV members contributed articles to Macmillan and Company's encyclopedic work The U.S. and Mexico at War (1997).
- In 1997, the DMWV initiated its Veterans Grave Registry Project (ongoing). To date, several members and non-members have contributed information that will eventually be placed on the society's website or published (or both)
- In 2000, the DMWV paid for the erecting of two flagpoles at Old Bayview Cemetery in Corpus Christi, Texas and had members who participated in a dedication ceremony.
- In 2001, the DMWV donated its library, consisting of over 200 books, prints, microfilm, and other items (acquired over a period of twelve years), to the U.S. National Park Service at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site. These items now form the nucleus of a Mexican War research library that is housed at the University of Texas at Brownsville.
- The year 2002 saw the completion of a project initiated several years earlier, the microfilming of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps pay records for 1846-1848. These records were donated to the University of Texas at Arlington Special Collections Library in 2007.
- Thanks to the efforts of DMWV board member Rosa Gonzales, veteran grave markers were installed at Old Bayview Cemetery for the victims of the 1845 Dayton disaster and in September 2002, an emotional, patriotic public dedication ceremony was held.
- In 2004, the DMWV helped erect a monument to the US Army of Occupation in Corpus Christi, Texas and held a large ceremony for the formal dedication.
- In 2006, The DMWV donated funds to obtain a display case for Mexican War items at Fort Jesup in Many Louisiana. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, this site was in dire need of assistance
- In 2007, the DMWV donated the US Army Quartermaster microfilm rolls to the University of Texas at Arlington's Special Collections Library.
- In 2010, VA markers placed and military burials for remains of four US Army officers of the Mexican War at Biloxi National Cemetery despite heavy opposition from anti-veteran individuals.
- In 2013, The MWV had commemorative informational panels erected on the pier and boardwalk relating to the Mexican War in Pascagoula, MS.
- In 2014, DMWV donated funds for a Mississippi State Historical Marker that was placed near the location of Camp Jefferson Davis in Pascagoula, MS.
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MEXICAN WAR Journal
MEXICAN WAR Journal is published biannually. Each volume begins with the Spring issue.
Original, documented articles will be considered for publication. The author should, when possible, submit his or her work via email to the editor. Otherwise, work should be on a 3 ½ inch diskette or CD, using a recent version of Microsoft Word or typewritten and double-spaced. Copies of diaries, letters, journals and other written materials produced by actual participants in the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-1848 are especially welcome. All materials submitted must relate to said war or its participants. Diskettes, CDs, and manuscripts will be returned only if accompanied by an S.A.S.E. of sufficient size and bearing correct postage. No remuneration can be offered for any item submitted and accepted for publication. Send emails to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send an email to the Editor to receive the postal address for all manuscripts and correspondence.
MEXICAN WAR Journal is published as a service to the members of The Descendants of Mexican War Veterans, a non-profit, national lineage society chartered by the State of Texas. Regular annual dues for all adult members are currently set at $30. Non-member subscriptions are currently available at a cost of $30 per year. The single issue price is $20. Requests for non-member subscriptions should be sent to MWJ Subscriptions, DMWV National Office, P. O. Box 461941, Garland, Texas 75046-1941. Requests for membership applications and information should be directed to the same address.
The Editor of MEXICAN WAR Journal and The Descendants of Mexican War Veterans disclaim any responsibility for views expressed by contributors to MEXICAN WAR Journal.
The DMWV has also published several books, some of which are still in print. Here is a list of the titles:
How To Find Your Mexican War Veteran Ancestor (1989 and 1991) NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Historic Sites of the Mexican War, Part One: Texas (1995)
Dallas County, Texas and the Mexican War (1995)
A Documentary History of the Mexican War (1995)
The Mexican War Logbook & Letters of Capt. Jefferson Peak(1996)
- Alabama Volunteers in the Mexican War: A History and Annotated Roster (1996)
Eutaw Rangers: The Mexican War Journal & Letters of Capt. Sydenham Moore and the Mexican War Journal of Pvt. Stephen F. Nunnelee (1998 and 2017)
U.S. Veterans of the War with Mexico: A Guide to Genealogical Research (1998) NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Sketches by a Skirmisher: The Mexican War Writings of Capt. Mayne Reid (1998 and 2017) AVAILABLE at Amazon.com
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An annual membership meeting is held each fall, usually in mid-September.
Chronological list of annual meeting dates and places, to date:
- Saturday, October 14, 1989, University of Texas at Arlington Library.
- Saturday, September 15, 1990, University of Texas at Arlington Library.
- Saturday, September 21, 1991, Richardson, Texas Civic Center.
- Saturday, September 26, 1992, University of Texas at Arlington Library.
- Saturday, September 18, 1993, University of Texas at Arlington Libary.
- Saturday, September 24 , 1994, Alamo Hall, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas.
- Saturday, September 16, 1995, Corpus Christi, Texas Public Library.
- Friday, October 25, 1996, University of Texas at Arlington Library. (Held in conjuction with 4th Annual Palo Alto Conference, October 25 & 26, 1996.)
- Saturday, October 11, 1997, Alamo Hall, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas.
- Saturday, September 12, 1998, Alamo Hall, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas. (Held in conjunction with the 1998 Sesquicentenary Conference on the U.S.-Mexican War, hosted by the Descendants of Mexican War Veterans and MEXICAN WAR Journal.)
- Saturday, September 18, 1999, Port Isabel Historical Museum, Port Isabel, Texas.
- Saturday, September 16, 2000, University of Texas at Arlington Library.
- October 6, 2001, LaPorte, Texas La Quinta Inn.
- September 21, 2002, Corpus Christi, Texas Public Library. (Held in conjunction with the dedication of individual grave markers for the victims of the Dayton Explosion.)
- September 20, 2003, Fort Jesup State Historical Park, Louisiana.
- September 18, 2004, Alamo Hall, San Antonio, Texas. (Held in conjunction with a Mexican War conference and the dedication of the new US Army of Occupation Monument in Corpus Christi's Old Bayview Cemetery.)
- September 16-18, 2005, Monterrey and Saltillo, Mexico. Group tour of battlesites, including The Bishop's Palace, Buena Vista, & other sites.
- September 16, 2006, Fort Jesup State Historical Park, Louisiana.
- September 15, 2007, University of Texas at Arlington Special Collections Tour.
- December 13, 2008, Garland, Texas.
- June 27, 2009. Cypress, Texas. Trip to Monterrey was canceled by tour company.
- May 31, 2010. Biloxi, Mississippi. Memorial Day Ceremony and grave dedication for remains of four US Army officers of the Mexican War.
- June 11, 2011. University of Texas, Arlington. Presentation of Alexander Kenaday Meritorious Service Medal (posthumously) to Mr. Jenkins Garrett and tour of special collections.
- Saturday, June 2, 2012. Brazos Valley Museum, Bryan, Texas. Tour of the new veterans memorial park trail Mexican War remembrance station.
- Saturday, May 25, 2013. Beach Park & Pier, Pascagoula, Mississippi. Tour of Mexican War sites and viewing of panels sponsored by the DMWV.
- June 21, 2014. University of Texas, Arlington. Special Tour of the new Mexican War exhibit and and tour of special collections.
- Saturday, June 13, 2015. Beach Park & Pier, Pascagoula, Mississippi. Guided special boat tour of Greenwood Island and viewing of new Camp Jefferson Davis MDAH historical marker sponsored by the DMWV.
- Saturday, June 11, 2016. Bryan Museum, Galveston, Texas. Guided special tour of Bryan Museum and viewing of newly acquired Mexican War Artifacts followed by lunch and meeting at Shrimp and Stuff Restaurant.
- Saturday, July 8, 2017. University of Texas at Arlington Library.
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