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    "The volunteers, Texans, are committing horrible acts in Matamoros, murdering the inhabitants through a spirit of revenge..."

    [Mexican War] United States Soldier's Letters. Two letters by Lt. G. Barry of the 1st Infantry, totaling 3 and a half pages, and written in the year 1846, both letters are addressed to is business agent in Milwaukee. In his initial letter written aboard the "Steamer Hannibal" on May 3rd, he inform his agent that he has "suddenly received orders to start for Texas and are now near the Ohio on our way..." In a later letter written from Reynosa, Mexico on July 29th, Barry goes into great detail sending instructions on business matters and then shares his thoughts on the war: "We are expecting to move in a few days for 'Monterey' where the people are fortifying... it is supposed the intention of giving fight - but for all the information we can obtain they have no troops. The steamboats numbering 14 are constantly moving with supplies to 'Camargo'. We are expecting Gen; Taylor with a large command tomorrow 7 some art[iller]y. The volunteers, Texans, are committing horrible acts in Matamoros, murdering the inhabitants through a spirit of revenge - liquor is the principal cause of such conduct. Mexicans can't appear on the streets with any safety. Cruelty on the part of the Mexican troops during the revolution should not warrant such barbarous acts on the part of Texans. An officer informed me that in one night 3 Mexicans were killed & 4 wounded, thought there is a strong guard of regular soldiers occupied constantly in endeavoring to preserve order. There is a rumor that a member of the Mexican congress spoke against the war, on the ground that Mexico had not given 6 months notice to American residents as required by law. Another rumor is that a bill is before the Mexican congress to put to death all Mexicans who have or may deal with Americans..." Great content letter presenting a dramatic contrast to the experience of Mexican soldiers who endured tremendous economic shortages and had no confidence or hope in winning the war. Content regarding particularly strained relations between Mexicans and Texans is not typical content and is worthy of further research. The July letter bears a scarce postal marking from Port Isabel, a hand cancellation "10" which adds tremendous value to the letter. Both items in near fine condition. From the Taking of Texas Collection.


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    June, 2008
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