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    [Mexican War]. Hiram Frazier Jr. Letters (5) plus one from his father, all dated from July 1846 through July 1847. In these letters, the young soldier, a member of the 2nd Kentucky Volunteers Regiment, Co. "C", writes to his family members in Cincinnati, Ohio, about his travels from Ohio to Texas. He also informs them about troop movements and mentions Samuel Walker "of the Texian Rangers." In the final letter, Frazier's father writes home as he travels to Mexico to retrieve the body of his son. Some staining, soiling, and minor dampstaining to the letters. Folds.

    On July 26, 1846, from "Brazos Saint Iago Texas," Frazier reports that "We shall soon start on our way to Genl Taylor's camp but by the hardships which we have been told off by the Texian Troops & Louisiana. . . . There is now about 4000 Troops here dischared[?] who volunteered for 6 months and among them is William Goodloe son of the Foundry man I wish you to tell his that he ain't dead yet, as it was reported at home so he says he is well and will be home in a few days. He was with Walker of the Texian Rangers and is coming to N. Orleans with the Jackson Regmt." Months later on December 29, 1846, from Camp Monterey, Mexico, Frazier describes Monterey where "the American Flag floats in triumph over its walls." This letter contains a drawing of Monterey - "Plat of the City of Monterey" - on page three of the bifolium showing the city in the center of five forts surrounded by mountains. Frazier also writes about General Taylor's attempts to meet Santa Anna on the battlefield. Playfully, the soldier adds that Santa Anna had better not fight "for he might get his other leg taken off" (a reference to the Mexican leader's leg amputation in 1838). On February 21, 1847, from "Camp near Saltillo", Frazier writes while with Generals Wool and Taylor's army that they are twenty-five miles from Saltillo. "The artillery with four pieces and five hundred cavalry started this morning . . . to find if the enemy is advancing upon us, if so, we will be ordered from here immediately for a great fight." The final letter is from Hiram Frazier Sr. at "Braso Stantiago" on July 7, 1847, to his family in Ohio informing them about his trip to Texas to retrieve Hiram Jr.'s body.


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    March, 2015
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