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    [Mexican War]. George E. Pickett Orders Signed "Geo E Pickett." One page, 8" x 10.25", Tacubaya [Mexico], April 28, 1848. Nearly three months after the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the war with Mexico, the United States army still occupied Mexico City. Future Confederate General George E. Pickett, then a young lieutenant and acting adjutant, signed this Order, No. 53, from the headquarters of the 8th U.S. Infantry, concerning a regimental inspection, in part: "the attention of Company Commanders is called to that part of the Regulations which requires the hair of the Men to be short - commonly called cropped - and . . . that no man can be considered clean who has dirty buttons on his Jacket." Right edge is moderately chipped near the lower edge and in places at the left and lower edges. Minor loss of paper in the middle of the lower fold does not affect the text. Scattered spots of foxing.

    Pickett first gained national attention at the Battle of Chapultepec in September 1847. Following the wounding of Lieutenant (and fellow Confederate general) James Longstreet, Pickett grabbed the colors of the regiment and charged to the top of the castle. The battle still under way below, he lowered the Mexican flag and raised the American and 8th Infantry flags. For his bravery, he received a brevet promotion to captain. The 8th Infantry remained in Mexico until July 16, when it set sail from Vera Cruz for New Orleans.


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