MATAMOROS EXPEDITIONS OF 1836 AND 1837. After the Texas Revolution at least two expeditions against Matamoros, Tamaulipas, were proposed. In July 1836, upon the arrest of captains Henry W. Karnes and Henry Teal and word of José de Urrea's forces concentrating at Matamoros, President David G. Burnet and Gen. Thomas J. Rusk planned an attack on the city by land and sea. Because of opposition from the cabinet and from Gen. Sam Houston, the expedition was never carried out, although the port of Matamoros was under blockade from July 21 to November 1, 1836. Another proposal to attack Matamoros was advocated by Gen. Felix Huston in the spring of 1837, but it was defeated when President Houston, who again opposed the expedition, extended furloughs to the members of the army.


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