2011 Book Reviews 221 Sent to Texas, Tafolla was stationed at Fort Belknap, Fort Mason, and finally at Camp Verde. He served as company bugler, fought Indians, hunted buffalo, carried mail, and made friends with José Policarpio “Polly” Rodríguez, undeni- ably the best guide in the army at the time. After five years in the army, Tafolla was honorably discharged and was able to purchase 160 acres of land on Privilege Creek near Bandera. Caught up in the fervor of the times, Tafolla enlisted in the 33rd Texas Cavalr y and was sent to guard the Texas-Mexico border. Near the mouth of the Rio Grande he was part of the incident when Confederates crossed to the Mexican side of the river and abducted Edmund J. Davis and William W. Montgomery. Tafolla’s account of the event, which ended in Montgomery’s lynching and considerable excitement on both sides of the Rio Grande, is one of the few eyewitness accounts of this event. When the regiment received orders to deploy to Louisiana, considerable discontent developed among the Tejanos in the regiment. A serious dispute erupted when several men in the regiment threat- ened to “put an end to all the greasers in
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Oct 15, 2011
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