David M. Vigness

MIRACLE, JULIÁN PEDRO (?–1838). Julián Pedro Miracle, an officer in the army of Zacatecas, was a native of Colombia. A Mexican liberal refugee in the confidence of Governor Agustín Viesca of Texas, he appeared at the General Council of the provisional government of Texas in 1835, representing Antonio Canales and other influential liberals in Mexico. Miracle gave to members of the council information relative to movements of the liberals in the interior of Mexico, stating that Mexican liberals would join with Texas in the revolution providing Texas did not declare independence. This information was presented to the General Council on December 5, 1835. In 1838 Miracle launched an expedition that seems to have been an attempt to reconquer Texas for Mexico. He left Matamoros headed northward on May 29 and on July 2 reached the Trinity River. On July 5, Vicente Córdova reached him with a communication from Gen. Vicente Filisola instructing him to join forces with all Indians who were hostile to Texans. On July 20 Miracle made an agreement with several chiefs for a concerted war on Texas, but he was killed on the Red River on August 20, 1838. The papers bearing evidence of his activities were found on him.


Asa Kyrus Christian, Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar (Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1922). W. Roy Smith, "The Quarrel between Governor Smith and the Council of the Provisional Government of the Republic," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 5 (April 1902).

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