Lieutenant Rankin Dilworth was born on February 19, 1822 in Ohio. Nothing is known of the lieutenantís early life, but a great deal can be deciphered from his final years. Lieutenant Dilworth carefully documented his march from the garrison at Jefferson Barracks to Monterrey, Mexico. His final entry is dated September 23, 1846. Lieutenant Rankin Dilworth died 4 days later on September 27, 1846.
The Museum of South Texas Historyís Sunday Speaker Series presents Dr. Joseph E. Chance and his book, The March to Monterrey on Sunday, March 29, from 2:00pm-4:00pm. The March to Monterrey is the final installment of the Joe Chance Mexican War Trilogy at the Museum.
Never before published, Dr. Chance has carefully edited & annotated the private diary of Lieutenant Rankin Dilworth to produce The March to Monterrey. The result is a first-hand account of the trials and tribulations experienced by Lieutenant Dilworth and his regiment during the Mexican-American War.
The March to Monterrey documents the sights and sounds of the Mexican-American War through the eyes of Lieutenant Rankin Dilworth. Recently graduated from the United States Military Academy, Lieutenant Dilworth chronicles his journey down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, his travel by Gulf steamer to Brazos Santiago, and the long hot trek overland to Monterrey. As a member of General Zachary Taylorís Army, Dilworth fought in Monterrey until he was mortally wounded on September 23, 1846. This is where his diary ends. Dilworth died on September 27, 1846.
Dr. Joseph Chance is a retired professor of mathematics at the University of Texas Pan American. Originally from Austin, Texas, Dr. Chance received his BA and his PhD in math from the University of Texas at Austin. He received his MA from Texas Tech University. He has a deep and long interest in the Mexican-American War and has published multiple books on the subject. Dr. Chance has been a resident of the Rio Grande Valley since 1968, and lives in Edinburg with his wife, Carolyn Chance.
The March to Monterrey is currently out of print. However, the Museum Store has a small amount of copies available for sale.
The Sunday Speaker Series requires regular admission for attendance, but is free for all FRIEND patrons of the Museum.. For more information on the program, or becoming a FRIEND of the Museum call 956.383.6911, or visit www.mosthistory.org.
The Museum of South Texas History is located on the Courthouse Square in Downtown Edinburg.