Description[Mexican War]. Colonel Nicholas Mendoza Autograph Letters (2) Signed. Both are in Spanish and addressed to Captain Jesus de la Garza transmitting orders regarding Mexican troops. Moderate staining and some foxing to both letters.
The first is one and one-half pages of a bifolium, 8.25" x 10.5", San Fernando [Mexico], November 19, 1844, transmitting a copy of the order from the Supreme Government which ordered the suspension of all activities for the Texas campaign because of a lack of funds. Mendoza further ordered the troops on the frontier to remain as they were before General Mariano Arista arrived. The second letter is three pages of a bifolium, 8.25" x 10.5", Matamoros, March 4, 1846, regarding movements to cut off the Americans, who, Mendoza thought, might be in Santa Gertrudis and trying to move on Matamoros. Mendoza also comments on the American army, which he judges to be unhappy because it comprised soldiers from many different nations. He reasoned that these soldiers would be less loyal and, thus, less willing to do for their cause than Mexicans for theirs. He also judges the American cavalry as useless.
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