From the Annals of the Republic – In 1842, President Sam Houston ordered Alexander Somervell to organize the militia and volunteers and invade Mexico. The call for volunteers was answered by about 700 men who were eager to avenge punitive raids made by Mexico earlier that year. The expedition left San Antonio on November 25 capturing Laredo on December 8. The expedition quickly began to break up as approximately 185 returned home. Somervell continued on and with a little over 500 men seized Guerrero. By December 19, Somervell realized that further action would likely be disastrous and ordered his men to disband and return home by way of Gonzales. A large contingent of 308 men disobeyed the order. This group commanded by William S. Fisher continued to Mexico on the predictably ill-fated Mier Expedition. That raid ended with the capture of the majority of the expedition and execution of seventeen men.