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EXPLORATION AND WAR continued...

THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS continued...
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
341   [The Texas Expedition] One-of-a-kind collection of autograph letters by Albert L. Norris, 1865-69, an assistant surgeon in the 1865-66 US Army foray into Texas, begun primarily
to show French forces in Mexico (then under the rule of Maximilian I,[The Texas Expedition] One-of-a-kind collection of autograph letters by Albert L. Norris, 1865-69, an assistant surgeon in the 1865-66 US Army foray into Texas, begun primarily to show French forces in Mexico (then under the rule of Maximilian I, a puppet of Napoleon III) that their presence would not long be tolerated, and to exhibit strength and unity in the wake of the Civil War. They also smuggled arms to the supporters of Benito Juarez, who wanted to restore the Mexican republic.After watching the Grand Review of Grant's and Sherman's armies in Washington, Norris embarks on June 1 to enter "summer quarters on the Yankee frontier bordering Mexico." He has been transferred "from the 24th (white corps) to the 25th colored Corps of the Army for Texas." Unlike many surgeons, Norris is a private physician contracted to the US Army (known as a contract officer) and not enlisted as a regular. By July 20, he has arrived at Brownsville, Texas. He writes that Mexican warlord and occasional pro-republican general Juan Cortina "has a reputed force farther up the river on the Am. shore...We are of opinion that Maximillian will suspend warlike pursuits before autumn." On October 30, he sends news that:"An unusually severe (Liberal) siege has been going on against the City Matamoras, since Oct 25......The Imperialists of Maximilian's Army under command of Gen. Mejia, holding the City...were attacked last Wednesday in force by the Liberals of President Juarez Army, under command of Gens. Escabado (Mariano Escobedo) Cortinas, and 'Hinojosa'...who attacked by a smart Infantry engagement in the morning at the West side of the town on the river just on the plains across (the Rio Grande) from where I board at the hospital...The fighting was done either on the open field or behind stockades bulwards and sand forts." Here he provides an Original Drawing of the area, with crude maps of Brownsville and Matamoros. He continues, "The fighting is not yet .. the scoundrel U.S. Seseshionists who emigrated there to abett and aid, the Southern Confederacy and have amassed great wealth." The plan to relocate Confederates to Mexico was approved by Emperor Maximilian, so those who had moved were natural targets for the Juaristas. Later letters include significant details about this little-known expedition. Norris stays on at least into January 1867, by which time he is stationed on Brazos Island. France withdrew its troops from Mexico in 1866 and Maximilian was captured and executed in the spring of 1867. (Image) Est. $2,000-3,000

SOLD for $5,500.00
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342 c   Adams Express Co., Brownsville, Texas, beautifully struck blue straightline handstamp on 1865 folded letter to New Orleans with manuscript 2- Paid (two bits = 25c) rate,
docketed as originating in Matamoros, Mexico on Nov. 25, 1865, file foldAdams Express Co., Brownsville, Texas, beautifully struck blue straightline handstamp on 1865 folded letter to New Orleans with manuscript "2/- Paid" (two bits = 25c) rate, docketed as originating in Matamoros, Mexico on Nov. 25, 1865, file fold through handstamp not noted on the certificate, otherwise very fine; an extremely rare post war express use during period when government postal services in Texas were virtually non-existent; 1980 PF certificate. (Image) Est. $4,000-5,000

SOLD for $6,750.00
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THE MEXICAN WAR
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
343   The Twelve Months Volunteer in the Campaign, in Mexico., George C. Furber. Cincinnati, JA & UP James, 1848. 8vo, ¼ morocco with marbled boards. With 21 illustrations, two
plans, and one map. Light dampstaining and light foxing throughout, butThe Twelve Months Volunteer in the Campaign, in Mexico., George C. Furber. Cincinnati, JA & UP James, 1848. 8vo, ¼ morocco with marbled boards. With 21 illustrations, two plans, and one map. Light dampstaining and light foxing throughout, but a solid copy. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $210.00
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344   Map of Mexico, including Yucatan & Upper California..., Samuel Augustus Mitchell. Phila., 1847 - 44.1cm by 19.4cm, folded into orig 16mo pocket covers - orig full & outline
color. One rectangle of map still attached to anchor panel, the rest cleaMap of Mexico, including Yucatan & Upper California..., Samuel Augustus Mitchell. Phila., 1847 - 44.1cm by 19.4cm, folded into orig 16mo pocket covers - orig full & outline color. One rectangle of map still attached to anchor panel, the rest cleanly detached, very fine. (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $3,750.00
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345   [Mexican Broadsides] Twelve printed broadsides and circular letters from Mexican authorities during the war, 1846-48. The last one announces the closing of Catholic temples despite the nearness of Holy Week, 1848. The most important, from April 9, 1847, calls all Mexicans capable of carrying arms to take them up against the invading armies of the United States. Another announces new rules in light of the American occupation of Tampico, Monterrey, and Saltillo. All with some defects, but generally a very solid group that should be viewed. Est. $1,000-1,500

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346   Broadside: A Few More VOLUNTEERS Wanted for the MEXICAN WAR!, printed at the Eagle and Advocate Office, [Philadelphia] offering 160 acres, a $12 bounty, and pay of $10 per
month. Posted by Capt. Pemberton Waddell. One can sign up for thBroadside: "A Few More VOLUNTEERS Wanted for the MEXICAN WAR!", printed at the Eagle and Advocate Office, [Philadelphia] offering 160 acres, a $12 bounty, and pay of $10 per month. Posted by Capt. Pemberton Waddell. One can sign up for the length of the war or five years, at the Armory - The Oregon House, or some other places, including over Sutton's Bowling Saloon! On paper, backed with heavy linen for preservation, 21.5" x 15.15". A magnificent item with a fine impression of a fierce American eagle at top, calling to RIFLEMEN! (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $2,800.00
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347   [American Broadsides] Three important broadsides, one in Spanish, from the American authorities during the Mexican War. The first, issued by Zachary Taylor in Corpus Christi on
March 8, 1846, proclaims The Army of Occupation in Texas, being al[American Broadsides] Three important broadsides, one in Spanish, from the American authorities during the Mexican War. The first, issued by Zachary Taylor in Corpus Christi on March 8, 1846, proclaims "The Army of Occupation in Texas, being already in a position on the left bank of the Rio Grande...the President of the United States…has issued orders to all of his command, to scrupulously respect the rights of all inhabitants to maintain a peaceful occupation." With General Orders number 287, and General Orders 289, both from September 1847, issued by General Winfield Scott and signed by his acting Assistant Adjutant General H.L. Scott. Very fine group. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $2,300.00
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348   [Siege of Monterey, Jefferson Davis] Davis, Jefferson, Autograph Letter Signed Jeffer. Davis as US Senator from Mississippi, 1 page, 4to, (Washington), June 24, 1848. He writes
to Secretary of War William L. Marcy in praise of Brvt. Major Ra[Siege of Monterey, Jefferson Davis] Davis, Jefferson, Autograph Letter Signed "Jeffer. Davis" as US Senator from Mississippi, 1 page, 4to, (Washington), June 24, 1848. He writes to Secretary of War William L. Marcy in praise of "Brvt. Major Ramsey (sic, George Ramsay) of the Ordnance U.S.A. who has not I am informed been allowed pay and allowances of his Brevet rank. Maj. Ramsey was in a position to be fully observed by me during my service in Mexico. His services were important and his labors great; his duties were such as belonged to the grade of Major and performed in a manner as creditable to his professional skill, as to his zeal and industry. As I have had occasion heretofore to say, at great personal hazard he joined me during the battle of Monterey and supplied my Regiment with ammunition which but for him I believe we should not have received." Mounting strips and paper repairs on verso to partial fold splits. Davis, Jefferson (1808-89) - President of the Confederate States of America; earlier, US Secretary of War under Franklin Pierce; US Senator from Mississippi. Ramsay had received his brevet rank, a temporary designation, usually for meritorious service, largely as a result of his gallantry at Monterey. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $1,000.00
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349   [Robert E. Lee on Peace terms] We are the conquerors. The laws of war entitle us to dictate the terms of peace. Rather than yield this right I could agree to fight them 10
years.Lee, Robert E., important content Autograph Letter signed R.E[Robert E. Lee on Peace terms] "We are the conquerors. The laws of war entitle us to dictate the terms of peace. Rather than yield this right I could agree to fight them 10 years."Lee, Robert E., important content Autograph Letter signed "R.E. Lee" as a US Army captain and brevet major, 4 full pages, quarto, Mexico City, March 3, 1848. He writes his old friend Capt. John Sanders, who had been with him in Mexico but had been sent to Philadelphia, discussing, among other things the treaty of peace:"From what I gather of its main features, I hope it may prove acceptable. I had strong hopes of its being ratified by the American Congress...The power of the military is pretty much crushed. Santa Anna at their head, knows that as long as we hold the country, there will be no chance of his resuming power. He therefore boasts loudly of fighting to the last & dying for his country, but will be very glad of others making peace, & when we have evacuated the country, will make capital of his resistance, to upset the Govt: & assume his lost position as president." Several paragrahs later:"We are the conquerors in a regular war & have whipped our opponents in a manner that women might be ashamed of. The laws of war entitle us to dictate the terms of peace & to insist upon such indemnity as will compensate us for losses sustained through their foolish obstinacy & ignorance. Rather than yield this right I could agree to fight them 10 years. In rating the indemnity I am willing to be generous, & would even wish to be magnanimous to a crushed foe. But the privilege of exercising the right I would never relinquish. If it should be determined to draw a line, which Seems to be a favourite plan with some, the best permanent line that we can take as far as I can judge would be the Panuco to its source in the Sierra Madre, then the range of the Sierra Madre to the Pacific."The Panuco's mouth is at Tampico, making Lee's suggested border over 200 miles south of the present one. He writes that it would be an easy line to hold, and would leave the United States in control of Mexico's major resources and ports. After additional comment he closes with a strange threat: "And now let me tell you I never write for any eye, save that to whom it is directed, & if any publishes a letter of mine, it is the last he will ever get."When Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Virginia, he was given just the kind of generous terms that he here says he would offer a vanquished enemy. Signed at top of page, after Lee has added the last few lines vertically in the left margins of each page. Partial separation at hinge. Some soiling of last page, but in excellent condition. A few months later, Father Jarauta, after leading an attempted insurrection, was captured by Mexican authorities and shot. Lee, Robert E. - American soldier (1807-70); the greatest military leader of the Confederacy during the Civil War; his surrender on April 9, 1865 was recognized by all as the effective surrender of the rebel cause. (imagea) (imageb) (Image) Est. $20,000-30,000

SOLD for $18,000.00
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350   [George McClellan on the US Engineers] McClellan, George B., Historic content Autograph Letter Signed twice Geo. B. McClellan  Lt. of Engrs, 7 pages, 4to, West Point, NY,
November 14, 1848. He submits to the Engineering companys commander, Ca[George McClellan on the US Engineers] McClellan, George B., Historic content Autograph Letter Signed twice "Geo. B. McClellan / Lt. of Engrs," 7 pages, 4to, West Point, NY, November 14, 1848. He submits to the Engineering company's commander, Capt. George W. Cullum, his full account of the general operations of the Engineers during the Mexican War.They begin by drilling as infantry and in the specifics of making siege materials before sailing to join Maj. Genl. Zachary Taylor in September 1846. At first they are used by Taylor for reconnaissance of enemy fortifications and possible marching routes, and are placed under Gen. David E. Twiggs, who assigns them to pioneer duty, preparing roads for the army between Victoria and Tampico. Finally, in June 1848, they returned to West Point. Clean, closed tear at lower right of all leaves, touching signature, clean partial separation at hinges. Otherwise the letter is in exceptional condition. McClellan's second signature appears on the letter's docket, which is in his own hand.McClellan, George B. - American soldier and politician (1826-85); he rose to command the US Army during the first years of the Civil War; his failure to achieve victories led to his removal in November 1862; he became the Democratic candidate for president in 1864. (imagea) (Image) Est. $300-400

SOLD for $3,250.00
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351   [Winfield Scott at Chapultepec] Historic content Autograph Letter Signed Winfield Scott, 4 full pages, 12mo, New York, January 17, 1849. He writes Col. Timothy P. Andrews about
the latters letter:telling me of a report that has reached you.[Winfield Scott at Chapultepec] Historic content Autograph Letter Signed "Winfield Scott," 4 full pages, 12mo, New York, January 17, 1849. He writes Col. Timothy P. Andrews about the latter's letter:"telling me of a report that has reached you...that you had left the army, in Mexico...'under charges of misconduct before the enemy' & that I had...extorted or required (your) resignation.' All this is new to me. I have never...before heard of any such charge… In the same conversation you spoke in the most liberal terms of the high soldiership & gallantry of your second in command - Lieut. Colonel (Joseph E.) Johnston & in the way of comparison, very modestly, of your own military acquirements & experience. This you did...to convince me, that your regiment (the Voltigeurs), would be better commanded by him...I had, ...spoken highly of your conduct in the storming & Capture of Chapultepec. I have no reason to doubt the correctness of that praise..." Voltigeurs were skirmishing units specially trained in sharpshooting, inspired by the Napoleonic troops of that name. Col. Andrews would be made a brevet brigadier general, and would be reinstated as an army paymaster and continued as such in the Civil War. With the Book: The Life of General Winfield Scott. Edward Mansfield. New York, AS Barnes, 1846. 8vo, black cloth with gilt spine. Ex-library label on front pastedown. Cover soiled and rubbed; extremities soiled, light overall foxing. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $1,200.00
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352   Taylor, Zachary, Partlially printed Document Signed Z. Taylor as President, 1 page, large folio, (Washington), December 31, 1849. Four-language ships papers, in French,
Spanish, English, and Dutch, for Peleg W. Gifford..of the Bark called CTaylor, Zachary, Partlially printed Document Signed "Z. Taylor" as President, 1 page, large folio, (Washington), December 31, 1849. Four-language ship's papers, in French, Spanish, English, and Dutch, for "Peleg W. Gifford..of the Bark called Carice of the burden of 237 & 13/95 tons...lying at present in the port of New Bedford, bound for Indian Ocean and laden with Provisions, stores, and utensils for a whaling voyage." Also signed by Secretary of State "Jno. Clayton". With large wax and paper seal at center right. Some offsetting from seal. Fold wear, otherwise Fine. Taylor, who died a year into his presidency, is consequently scarce as President. With Book: A Life of Gen. Zachary Taylor. Jesse R. Fry. Philadelphia, Grigg, Elliot & Co., 1847. First edition. 12mo, original cloth with gilt spine. Owner's 1902 note on endpaper. (Image) Est. $1,500-2,000

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353   [George H. Thomas on Annexation] Two Autograph Letters Signed, each to the future Civil War heros brother John in Norfolk, VA. In the first, written in camp near Monterrey on
January 13, 1848, he complains of the unreliable mails. He is heartene[George H. Thomas on Annexation] Two Autograph Letters Signed, each to the future Civil War hero's brother John in Norfolk, VA. In the first, written in camp near Monterrey on January 13, 1848, he complains of the unreliable mails. He is heartened by news from Gen. Scott's army, especially the 3rd Artillery, his old regiment, though he hopes its reputation won't "be tarnished by dissipation or immorality." He hears only vague rumors from Mexico City, but:"...This almost conforms me in my opinion formed some time ago that it has never been the intention of the Mexicans to make peace but to resist us until we conquer the whole country and appropriate it to indemnify us for the expense of the war - that being in their opinion the only method of annexing themselves to the US."The second letter, written at Buena Vista, May 28, 1848, comes at the close of the war and comments on the peace treaty being passed by the Mexican legislature. Thomas, George H. - Union general during the Civil War (1816-70); though from southern Virginia, he remained loyal to the Union, gaining the nickname "The Rock of Chickamauga"; considered the most underrated of Union commanders, overshadowed by Grant, Sherman, and Sheridan. Thomas, a lieutenant in the Mexican War, had been brevetted captain and then major for his service commanding artillery. When he chose to remain in the United States Army, his family disowned him. Both letters are in very good condition. These letters are earlier than any listed in American Book Prices Current for the past quarter century. (imagea) (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $850.00
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354   [George H. Thomas on Battle of Buena Vista] Great content letter defending the actions of General Zachary Taylor to Secretary of War Jeff Davis. Extremely desirable Autograph
Letter Signed Geo. H. Thomas  Maj. 2nd Cavy., 4 pages, 4to, Ft. Belkn[George H. Thomas on Battle of Buena Vista] Great content letter defending the actions of General Zachary Taylor to Secretary of War Jeff Davis. Extremely desirable Autograph Letter Signed Geo. H. Thomas / Maj. 2nd Cavy.," 4 pages, 4to, Ft. Belknap, Texas, August 1, 1858. A decade after serving in the Mexican War, he writes to fellow veteran, now Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, to submit:"such facts regarding the conception and termination of the Battle of Buena Vista...occuring between the absence of Genl. Taylor at Saltillo and his return to the field on the morning of the 23rd"Much detailed content including: "..But a body of Cavalry and Infantry had succeeded in crossing the main plateau and, having driven our light troops from the sides of the mountains...were advancing...when Genl. Taylor, accompanied by Genl. Wool reached the plateau. At this time the battle had abated somewhat in the center, and soon after reaching the plateau, Genl. Taylor dispatched all the Dragoons and artillery...Up to the time of Genl. Taylor's return to the field the day had gone against us; after his arrival.. they were successfully resisted"Many of the men mentioned here became military leaders in the Civil War: TW Sherman, JE Wool, and Thomas himself on the Union side, and Benjamin McCulloch, Braxton Bragg, and Jefferson Davis for the Confederacy. General Thomas is uncommon in autograph letters, and always desirable. With Book: The Battle of Buena Vista... James Henry Carleton. NY, Harper and Bros., 1848. 12mo, original red cloth with gilt designs, spine. With 2 folding maps. Risvold label on front pastedown. Staining of four endpapers, exterior wear, some tears in maps, minor internal foxing, some spots of discoloration. (imagea) (imageb) (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $1,050.00
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355   [David Twiggs at Vera Cruz] Exceptional, Twiggs, David E., war-related Document Signed D.E. Twiggs  Br. Gnl. Cmg. with a subscribed ANS D.E.T. 2 pages (together), 4to, Vera
Cruz, March 13, 1848. He endorses a return of the arrival of troo[David Twiggs at Vera Cruz] Exceptional, Twiggs, David E., war-related Document Signed "D.E. Twiggs / Br. Gnl. Cmg." with a subscribed ANS "D.E.T." 2 pages (together), 4to, Vera Cruz, March 13, 1848. He endorses a return of "the arrival of troops since last report on the 25 Feb'y '48," which amount to 1847 men, listed according to date of arrival and unit. Twiggs adds in his note, "The above does not Include the Garrison of Vera Cruz - N.B. I will send with the Michigan troops a company of Mounted (?) to relieve the Dragoon recruits..." The uncertain word is due to Twiggs's poor penmanship.Twiggs, David E. - American soldier (1790-1862); served in the Black Hawk War; began as a colonel during the Mexican War, earning promotion to brigadier; accepted a Confederate commission but was too infirm to command in the field. (imagea) (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $375.00
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356   [Buena Vista, the Gibson Correspondence] A series of 28 letters by Captain Thomas W. Gibson of the 3rd Indiana Volunteers, all to his wife, Mary, back in Charlestown, Indiana,
July 1846-May 1847. He arrives at the mouth of the Rio Grande in late[Buena Vista, the Gibson Correspondence] A series of 28 letters by Captain Thomas W. Gibson of the 3rd Indiana Volunteers, all to his wife, Mary, back in Charlestown, Indiana, July 1846-May 1847. He arrives at the mouth of the Rio Grande in late July 1846 and is surprised by the good health of the army, (which will soon change). His letters for many months have little news to report, but are an excellent source of impressions about the landscape, weather, fauna, and people, as well as military life. He even finds the local Mexicans friendly, though he often refers to them as "greasers"; they even teach him to make cafe con leche. He reports in October that:"The Mexicans have been so badly whipped at Monterey that they have abandoned Satillo." In mid-January, after moving to Saltillo, he has heard that they may fall back to Monterrey, as "A considerable force of the enemy are said to be about two days march from here" and "Five thousand Americans can defend Monterey against the whole Mexican nation." He adds on February 3, 1847 that "The Mexicans ten thousand strong are within twenty five miles of us...What the fools came here for, if not to attack us I cannot conceive."They do attack, and Gibson participates in the Battle of Buena Vista on February 23, 1847. He writes on March 1 that on the 22nd, Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna "sent a very polite note to Genl. Taylor requesting him to surrender. Old Zach's reply was 'Tell him to go to hell.'" On the 23rd, "They tried it. All day long the roar of from thirty to forty cannon and twenty thousand muskets was incessant, balls fell like hail stones around us. Twelve & twenty-four pound cannon balls played among us till the music of their whistle became familliar." He continues on the 4th of March: "A party of some hundred men whom we sent day before yesterday to pursue the retreating enemy returned last night... (the Mexicans) had all left then, leaving about five hundred of their wounded. Santa Anna could muster but about four thousand men when he left...It took Santa Anna six months to raise his army and in one day we scattered it like chaff before the wind...Santa Anna had twenty thousand men...and we had three thousand eight hundred all told...Our whole loss killed three hundred." Subsequent letters discuss rumors of Winfield Scott's actions further south and complain of President James K. Polk's new officer appointments, which seem to be political gifts rather than rewards for service. With two engravings of the Battle of Buena Vista and a map of major military actions during the war. One letter (August 1846) shows nibbling and a few have file holes or dents from binder rings. Though only a few letters have been quoted here, Gibson's interest in everything around him makes the content excellent throughout. (imagea) (Image) Est. $1,500-2,000

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357 c   Pt Isabel, Aug 28 (1846), manuscript Texas dispatch postmark and 10 rate on folded letter to Athens, Ohio, letter datelined at Camp Belknap August 7th, 1846, with interesting
content from a soldier mentioning his future movements further intoPt Isabel, Aug 28 (1846), manuscript Texas dispatch postmark and "10" rate on folded letter to Athens, Ohio, letter datelined at "Camp Belknap August 7th, 1846", with interesting content from a soldier mentioning his future movements further into Mexico and a description of the unusual and dangerous wildlife in the area, very fine. (Image) Est. $400-500

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358 c   [Kearnys Conquest of New Mexico] folded letter with integral address leaf datelined Santa Fe, September 16th, 1846 and carried up the Santa Fe trail by military express,
entered the mails to Rockport, Missouri with Weston, Mo.Oct 10 datesta[Kearny's Conquest of New Mexico] folded letter with integral address leaf datelined "Santa Fe, September 16th, 1846" and carried up the Santa Fe trail by military express, entered the mails to Rockport, Missouri with "Weston, Mo./Oct 10" datestamp and manuscript "5" rate, cover with some soiling and staining, very fine content.In the three page letter M. Pike Lientz writes: "...all above named towns surrendered without a blow and at Tome, they combined patriotism and church matters together, making all togather a grand display in the way of torch lights, rockets, fire works, crackers & c...the affair was brought to a climax by carrying the image of the virgin around the square...As a mark of peculear respect Genl. Carny (Kearny) and staff...walked immediately after her bare headed with lighted candles in their hands..." He closed the letter with "We have just got an express from below that Paredes (General Mariano) had been arrested by his own troops, and Santa Anna, once more ensconed in the imperial purple of Mexico."General Kearny with his Army of the West occupied Santa Fe on August 18, 1846. On the 22nd he issued a proclamation, declaring that New Mexico was a territory of the United States. On September 2nd, he left Santa Fe with 625 mounted men and some Mexicans on a visit to the towns on the Rio Grande River, to advise the inhabitants that they were now "citizens of the United States." In this remarkable letter, the writer draws a picture of the grand reception given the Americans. (Image) Est. $2,000-3,000

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359 c   Matamoros, Mex(ico) Nov 18 (1846), military forwarding endorsement on 1846 folded letter to Mobile, Alabama, entered the mails with red Columbus, OhioOct 12 datestamp and
manuscript 10 rate, red Adv. 2 handstamp struck on front and back byMatamoros, Mex(ico) Nov 18 (1846), military forwarding endorsement on 1846 folded letter to Mobile, Alabama, entered the mails with red "Columbus, Ohio/Oct 12" datestamp and manuscript "10" rate, red "Adv. 2" handstamp struck on front and back by the Mobile office before forwarding, straightline "Pt Isable No 9" Texas transit postmark, repaired tear at top center, otherwise very fine. (Image) Est. $300-400

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360 c   [Mexican plot to retake Santa Fe] folded letter with integral address leaf datelined Santa Fe N.M. 28th Dec. 1846, carried by military express up the Santa Fe trail and entered
the mails to Petersburo, Va. with Independence, Mo.Mar 2 datesta[Mexican plot to retake Santa Fe] folded letter with integral address leaf datelined "Santa Fe N.M. 28th Dec. 1846", carried by military express up the Santa Fe trail and entered the mails to Petersburo, Va. with "Independence, Mo./Mar 2" datestamp and manuscript "10" rate, very fine.Lieut. John Hinton writes to his brother requesting him to write to various influential persons regarding a captaincy in the cavalry. He states that he is a 1st Leiut, in the 1st Regt, of Mo. M. (mounted) Volunteers & now in New Mexico "...My regiment has moved to El Passo where they will await my arrival with a battery of artillery & a provision train; & then march to Chihauhau…We had quite a stir here for the last ten days owing to the discovery of a plot to recapture this Territory. The Mexicans had laid their plans very well & completed their organization; but having sufficiently early information, Col. Price was enabled to take such steps as to lead to the arrest of most of the ringleaders but the Chief & 2nd in Command are still uncaptured…Those now in custody will be tried as soon as practicable & it is the general opinion that they will pull hemp (hang)."The plot to overthrow the Americans was led by General Diego Archuleta, Tomas Ortiz and a group of Mexicans. However, they were never tried because the U.S. Government still considered them Mexican citizens until formal exchanges had been made with Mexico. The failure of the takeover led to the massacre at Taos and the assassination of Governor Charles Bent. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $1,800.00
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