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    [Mexican War]. Charles Stone Letters (3), dated May 4, 1847; November 25, 1847; and December 8, 1847, to family members in Greenfield, Massachusetts, regarding troop movements around Mexico City. In the letter written on printed stationery reading, "Recaudacion Principal de Contribuciones Directas del Departamento de Mexico" and dated November 24, 1847, from Mexico City, Stone reports on his visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe ("a sacred place to the Mexicans"), offering vivid details of the Roman Catholic structure. On May 4, 1847, Stone writes from "San Antonio, Mexico" that "We advanced to this place yesterday, having been detained several days in Perote, arming the work there with brars guns and furnishing them with ammunition to repel an attack. Now we await the motions of the army in our rear. . . . General Worth is at Perote with the main part of his division, Gen. Scott a Jalapa with the main part of the army, which was to commence moving this way, yesterday. There have been some troops (one battalion) thrown forward 9 miles ahead of us, and Kendrick is in that command. . . . Our money train coming from Vera Cruz was attacked before it reached the late battle ground, but the attack was repulsed with the loss, I am told, of one man wounded on our side, and several on the Mexican side. . . . The train will now probably be kept in the advance. . . . Last night, as it filed through the gate here, the owner of all the property here was standing by, and saw our long guns rumble past without emotion. But when the big mortar came up, recollecting its terrible effects at Vera Cruz, he threw up his hands 'Oh! Caramba!', and then in Spanish 'has that come too!'" The letters exhibit some staining, but are mostly clean. Two transmittal envelopes are included.

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