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This Week In Texas History

Six months after leading the last American division out of Mexico City, Gen. William Jenkins Worth arrived in Galveston on Dec. 26, 1848 to take command of the department of Texas.

On the eve of the inevitable conflict with Mexico, 52 year old Worth was the most highly respected officer in the United States Army. Besides an impeccable record in war and peace, most rated him the best looking man in uniform and the finest horseman in the military.

Beginning at the bottom as a lowly private, the New Yorker served with distinction in the War of 1812. Before sustaining a serious wound in battle against the British, he rose in record time to the rank of major.


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