"... if Jimmy Polk and Congress were compelled to live as we do, they would soon bring the war to an honorable close..."

    [Mexican War] American Soldier's Letter. Lengthy ALS by William A. Campbell, three and a half pages, "Island of Lobos", Feb. 22, 1847 writing to a friend back home about his encampment and relaying news of the war. In part: "On Sunday 14 Feby. we landed on this Island... Our journey over this stormy water was rendered doubly unpleasant by the number of men aboard, being nearly four hundred, and the terrible storms which we encountered... This Island is in the Gulf seven miles from the mainland... It is composed entirely of a fine coral substance... the regiment from Miss. Which was here, received orders yesterday to go to Brazos, and six companies from Louisiana to go to Tampico. The four remaining companies from this state were attacked, about sixteen miles below this Island... it is the universal opinion that we are bound to take Vera Cruz. The men of the South cannot be compared with the men of the North, in any respect. The regiment from Miss. Has lost over one hundred and fifty men from disease... our Regiment has lost five or six only and they were killed in different ways. The men of the Second Regiment for Penna., the First Regiment are superior to ours. Our company officers who hold commissions have grown very unpopular... Since the day we left Pottsburg they ceased to pay the least attention men... The money which was given to us by the Commissioners... is yet in their possession... McDermott deserted at Orleans... the 'Cambria Guards' is anchored out, and has one or two cases of smallpox... if Jimmy Polk, and Congress were compelled to live as we do, they would soon bring the war to an honorable close... " In a hurried script on the address sheet he adds: "... I learn that Genl. Scott has arrived here with five regiments of troops and that we will leave in a few days for Vera Cruz..." The battle of Veracruz would ensue a short four weeks later. Excellent condition, with a small tear and loss of paper where the wax seal has been removed. Address panel contains a New Orleans and black "10" postal stamps. From the Taking of Texas Collection.

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