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    [Mexican War] and [Battle of Contreras]. Soldier's Letter. Four pages of a bifolium, 8" x 10", "San Augustine" [San Agustin, Mexico], September 3, 1847. Soldier William Burgess writes George M. Chapman of Albany, New York, describing the Battle of Contreras (August 19-20, 1847), one of the final battles of the Mexican War. This letter is toned with folds and bears some taped repairs. Soiling on the address panel. Burgess, also from Albany, writes this letter near the battlefield at San Agustin near Mexico City. In part:

    "We have fought the greatest battle in Mexico. . . . I shall merely give you a sketch of what we did and of what I saw myself." After describing his most recent meal, which he "topped off . . . with a cigar," he describes "the best account of the great battle. . . . We arrived in this nice little village on the morning of August 19th and a few hours afterward heard a heavy cannonading at a distance of about 5 miles which I learnt was an engagement between Genl. Pillow and the Mexicans, he having attacked a battery of the Mexicans mounting 24 guns besides they had number of infantry and cavalry. . . . I was startled by yells and crys of Harra New Yorkers. I went below and found that we and the South Carolinians were ordered out to assist him. . . . We reached a church near their batteries and they commenced playing on us with their cannon and small arms. We returned the fire, soon charged on them, drove them from their battery, made them retreat. . . . This was the battle of Contreras."

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