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Who We Are


About Our Seal

"When you go home, we want you to endeavor to inspire your sons and daughters more and more with a love for this work. Have them, if they are not already members, affiliate themselves with some organization of this association."

- Col. Abe Harris, President of the Texas Association of Veterans of the Mexican War, to the delegates at the 1907 convention in Dallas.

DMWV members at Palo Alto Battlefield, 1999

The DMWV is a non-profit, non-political, national lineage society chartered by the State of Texas and recognized by the U. S. government as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Our purposes are historical, genealogical, educational and charitable in nature.

We are the descendants of both regular and volunteer officers, enlisted men, and civilian employees of the United States Army.

Several members are professional historians, university professors, and other interested persons who participate as Associates.

Both men and women may join our society. We are not a "sons of" or "daughters of" type organization.

We are also something of a rarity among lineage societies in that to us, history and genealogy are inseparable. Our activities, accordingly, are driven by an interest in both, with neither one being emphasized to the exclusion of the other.

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Our Purpose

The purpose, aims and objectives of this organization are:

  • To associate in one united body, descendants of American military veterans of the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-1848 and to cultivate and perpetuate the ties of fraternity and friendship entailed thereof.
  • To perpetuate the memory and spirit of the American soldiers and sailors who served their country during the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-1848.
  • To foster the preservation of documents and relics of the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-1848.
  • To urge, encourage, and assist in activities designed to increased public awareness and understanding of the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-1848 and its participants.
  • To establish a facility devoted to study, research and understanding of the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-1848 and its participants.
  • To secure and memorialize historic sites within the boundaries of the United States which are connected with the history of the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-1848 by erecting markers or other monuments thereon.
  • To encourage the publication of records of individual soldiers and sailors of the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-1848, as well as the general history of that war in all its aspects.
  • To promote the annual celebration or observance of certain momentous events in the history of the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-1848.

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Membership Benefits

All DMWV members are eligible to receive:
  • a membership certificate suitable for framing.
  • a copy of the society's bylaws (upon request).
  • a membership roster (published annually).
  • a discount on all DMWV publications.
All ACTIVE (dues-paid) adult members receive:
  • a subscription to the DMWV newsletter, The American Eagle.
  • a subscription to the DMWV periodical, MEXICAN WAR Journal.
  • access to the members only section of this web site.
  • any special commemorative items that may be issued from time to time by the board. (For example: members who were active between 1995-1997 received a Mexican War Sesquicentenary calendar. Members who were active in May 1996 received a commemorative Palo Alto "first day" postcard mailed from Brownsville, Texas on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Palo Alto.)
Any member in good standing may purchase a membership medal.

All papers relating to a member's veteran ancestor, submitted by that member, are kept on file by the Recording Secretary.

All active full members are eligible to make nominations, to vote and to hold office.

One active associate member may serve on the Board of Directors.

All active members are invited and encouraged to attend the annual meeting and any special events.

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Membership Categories & Requirements

Membership in the DMWV is available, by application, in four categories:

Life membership is available as an adjunct, by application, to any of the above-listed categories.

All persons wishing to join the DMWV in all but the Honorary category must complete and sign an application form. Applicants must also pay a one-time initiation fee and are subject to payment of annual dues in order to be placed on the active roll. First dues may be pro-rated, based of the quarter of the membership year in which the application is received. Gift memberships are permitted (in other words, you may pay the cost of membership for another person) but the person upon whom membership will be bestowed must sign and date an application.

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Membership Requirements

Adult Full

Adult Full membership in The Descendants of Mexican War Veterans is available to any person who is:

  • at least 18 years of age.
  • is of good moral character.
...and who is one or more of the following:
  1. the lineal descendant (or collateral kinsman or kinswoman) of a U.S. veteran who rendered honorable service in the war with Mexico for any length of time between April 25, 1846 and August 2, 1848.
  2. the descendant of a civilian employee of the U.S. armed forces who served during the Mexican War as a teamster, laundress, steamboat hand, etc.
  3. the descendant of a veteran of General Zachary Taylor's "Army of Occupation" in Texas from July 1845 to April 1846.
  4. the descendant of a veteran of Col. John C. Fremont's 1845-1846 expedition to California.
  5. the descendant of a California "Bear Flag Revolt" participant.
Applicants eligible for full membership must:
  • pay all applicable dues and fees.
  • complete a lineage chart.
  • provide acceptable documentary evidence of veteran ancestor's service, which for regular and volunteer soldiers (except 3 and 4 above) must have occurred between April 25, 1846 and August 2, 1848. See following section.

Acceptable Documentary Evidence of Veteran Ancestor's Service

Documentary evidence of an veteran ancestor's military service must provide the name and rank of the veteran and identify the military unit (i.e., company, regiment, battalion, ship, etc.) with which he served. A legible reproduction (i.e., photocopy) of any one or more of the following named documents are acceptable:

  1. Discharge certificate
  2. Muster roll page
  3. National Archives Mexican War Volunteers index card
  4. National Archives Regular Army, Navy, or Marines enlistments index page or card
  5. Bounty land warrant
  6. Approved pension application
  7. National Archives Old Wars or Mexican War pension application index card with indication that pension was approved
  8. Listing in Heitman's Roster of U.S. Army Officers, Robart's Mexican War Veterans, or a similar printed roster of U.S. military officers
  9. Printed roster published by a state government
  10. Printed roster transcribed from official muster rolls

Evidence of the service of a civilian employee of the United States who served in the War with Mexico shall consist of the legible reproduction of any document generated by the federal government or a state government that provides evidence of said service.

The following items (originals or reproductions) are NOT acceptable as evidence of service of any military veteran or civilian employee.
  1. Pages from a printed Mexican War pension index
  2. Obituaries
  3. Family history books
  4. Newspaper articles
  5. Pages from printed rosters that have not been transcribed from original muster rolls
  6. Photographs of grave markers
  7. The Descendants of Mexican War Veterans will only accept documentation as outlined in our by-laws. Internet sites, LDS records, Ancestry.com are NOT recognized documentations and unacceptable per our membership guidelines.
Substitutions
  • In the absence of any of the acceptable items listed above, any other document (such as a diary or letters) not specifically excluded may be accepted as evidence of service at the discretion of any person authorized to review said evidence and approve applications for membership.
  • Whenever a substituted document is submitted as evidence, it must be accompanied by a letter signed and dated by the applicant, stating that none of the acceptable items are available.
NOTE: Descendants of any person who deserted the service of the United States and who subsequently took up arms against the same (such as members of the infamous San Patricio Battalion) are ineligible for full membership.

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Adult Associate

Adult Associate membership is available to any person of at least 18 years of age who lacks a qualifying ancestor but who otherwise meets the above requirements and who is interested in the Mexican War and in furthering the aims and objectives of this organization.

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Junior Full & Junior Associate

Junior membership is available in either the Full or Associate category for persons less than eighteen years of age. After he or she attains the age of eighteen, a junior member may transfer membership to an adult category without further charge (apart from the payment of annual dues). Most of the rights, privileges, benefits, and responsibilities of adult members are not applicable to junior members.

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Life Membership

Life membership is available as an adjunct to either the Full or Associate category. It requires a donation of $1,000 (cumulatively over time, or in one lump sum) to the society's general fund. Life members are thereafter exempt from dues for life.

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Membership Dues & Fees

All adult members must pay a one-time initiation fee of $10.

Annual dues for adult members, in both the Full and Associate categories, are currently set at $30, to be paid by August 31 for the membership year that begins on Sept. 1. There is a dues payment "grace period" from Sept. 1 to 30. (Failure to pay dues by Sept. 30 results in removal from active roll and forfeiture of any rights and/or privileges.)

The membership year runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31 the following year.

New members joining throughout the year pay pro-rated dues, based on the quarter in which their membership application is received. The amounts are as follows:

Quarter # Months Covered Dues
1st
Sept., Oct., Nov.
$30.00
2nd
Dec., Jan., Feb.
$22.50
3rd
March, April, May
$15.00
4th
June, July, Aug.
$7.50

For example: An applicant who joined the organization in March would pay the $10 initiation fee plus $15 pro-rated dues, for a total of $25, whereas someone joining near the beginning of the membership year would pay a total of $40.

Junior members pay a one-time initiation fee of $5. They are not liable for annual dues. Conversely, they are not eligible for any member services apart from issuance of a membership certificate and any service also provided to the public at large.

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Membership Application

Download an APPLICATION and INSTRUCTIONS in PDF format. In order to view the application, you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader if you don't have it already.

IMPORTANT: If you download the application from this site, please be sure to download and read and follow the instructions too!

You may also request a membership application by writing to:

DMWV National Office
P.O. Box 461941
Garland, TX 75046-1941

Please include a full-size (no. 10) S.A.S.E. (self-addressed, stamped envelope) with your request. If it would also be helpful if you would write "Membership Application Request" on the outside of the envelope in which you send your request. Thank you!

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Membership Medal

DMWV Medal

To commemorate the organization's tenth anniversary in 1999, the Board of Directors of the Descendants of Mexican War Veterans authorized the issuance of a membership medal.

Suspended from a ribbon incorporating the colors of the national flags of both the United States and Mexico, this bronze-toned metallic reproduction of the DMWV seal is something that every loyal member will surely want to own and wear with pride.

(Note: Photo shows medal slightly larger-than-life size.)

To order, print the online order form.

Note: Sales are restricted to DMWV members only.

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Activities

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

Brazos Santiago Military Depot marker
Texas Historical Commission Marker
Brazos Santiago Military Depot
Cameron County, Texas
1996


Texas Historical Commission Marker
Camp Belknap, on the Rio Grande
Cameron County, Texas
1996


Plaque Honoring Alexander Kenaday
Founder, National Association of Veterans of the Mexican War
Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
1997

Old Bayview Cemetery Flagpoles
Two flagpoles erected at Old Bayview Cemetery, Corpus Christi, Texas, 2000.

Dayton disaster victim grave markers
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
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.

Camp Jefferson Davis Panel
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

Camp Jefferson Dave PMarker
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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Historic Preservation

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site

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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Conferences

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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Miscellaneous

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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Publications

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 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: mexicanwarjournal@sbcglobal.net. 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.

Other Publications

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)

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Annual Meeting

An annual membership meeting is held each fall, usually in mid-September.

Chronological list of annual meeting dates and places, to date:

  1. Saturday, October 14, 1989, University of Texas at Arlington Library.
  2. Saturday, September 15, 1990, University of Texas at Arlington Library.
  3. Saturday, September 21, 1991, Richardson, Texas Civic Center.
  4. Saturday, September 26, 1992, University of Texas at Arlington Library.
  5. Saturday, September 18, 1993, University of Texas at Arlington Libary.
  6. Saturday, September 24 , 1994, Alamo Hall, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas.
  7. Saturday, September 16, 1995, Corpus Christi, Texas Public Library.
  8. Friday, October 25, 1996, University of Texas at Arlington Library. (Held in conjuction with 4th Annual Palo Alto Conference, October 25 & 26, 1996.)
  9. Saturday, October 11, 1997, Alamo Hall, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas.
  10. 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.)
  11. Saturday, September 18, 1999, Port Isabel Historical Museum, Port Isabel, Texas.
  12. Saturday, September 16, 2000, University of Texas at Arlington Library.
  13. October 6, 2001, LaPorte, Texas La Quinta Inn.
  14. 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.)
  15. September 20, 2003, Fort Jesup State Historical Park, Louisiana.
  16. 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.)
  17. September 16-18, 2005, Monterrey and Saltillo, Mexico. Group tour of battlesites, including The Bishop's Palace, Buena Vista, & other sites.
  18. September 16, 2006, Fort Jesup State Historical Park, Louisiana.
  19. September 15, 2007, University of Texas at Arlington Special Collections Tour.
  20. December 13, 2008, Garland, Texas.
  21. June 27, 2009. Cypress, Texas. Trip to Monterrey was canceled by tour company.
  22. May 31, 2010. Biloxi, Mississippi. Memorial Day Ceremony and grave dedication for remains of four US Army officers of the Mexican War.
  23. June 11, 2011. University of Texas, Arlington. Presentation of Alexander Kenaday Meritorious Service Medal (posthumously) to Mr. Jenkins Garrett and tour of special collections.
  24. Saturday, June 2, 2012. Brazos Valley Museum, Bryan, Texas. Tour of the new veterans memorial park trail Mexican War remembrance station.
  25. Saturday, May 25, 2013. Beach Park & Pier, Pascagoula, Mississippi. Tour of Mexican War sites and viewing of panels sponsored by the DMWV.
  26. June 21, 2014. University of Texas, Arlington. Special Tour of the new Mexican War exhibit and and tour of special collections.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Saturday, July 8, 2017. University of Texas at Arlington Library.

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