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    Mexican War: Teodoro S. Ebbert Archive of Five Autograph Letters Signed, Including Accounts of the Siege of Vera Cruz. Five fascinating and lengthy letters written by Teodoro S. Ebbert to friends and family members, providing detailed accounts of his experiences with the US Army in Mexico, including reports of the action at Vera Cruz. Included in this lot are the following autograph letters signed from Ebbert:

    (1) Two pages, two sided (including integral address leaf), 7.25" x 12.5", "Within 8 miles of V. Cruz, March 30st [sic], 1847."
    (2) Three pages, two sided (including integral address leaf), 8" x 12.5", "Vera Cruz, April 5th, 1847."
    (3) Two pages, two sided (including integral address leaf), 8" x 10", "Castle of Perote, May 21st, 1847."
    (4) Two pages, two sided (including integral address leaf), 8.75" x 13", "Puebla, Tuesday, March 28th, 1848."
    (5) Two pages, two sided (including integral address leaf), 7.5" x 9.5", "Pueblo [sic], Thursday, Mar. 30th, '48."

    As a Pennsylvania recruit, Ebbert served with the 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment, 3rd Division of Volunteers under Major General Robert Patterson. The 2nd Pennsylvania regiment was a part of the action in the chaparral at Laguna Malibrán (March 10-11, 1847), cutting off the city's water supply, and twice attacked the enemy's line of batteries at the Battle of Cerro Gordo. Later, Ebberts' regiment fought at Contreras and Churubusco. Ebbert's letters, spanning the dates of March 30, 1847 through March 30, 1848, provide the reader with an intimate look into the life of a soldier during the Mexican-American War.

    An excerpt from Ebberts' March 30, 1847 letter: "Our army, which is I suppose about 15 or 20 thousand is divided into three Divisions . . . and then into Brigades. Our division is commanded by Patterson and the brigade we are in which is the 2 Tennsee [sic] Regiment & the 2 Penn. Regiments, commanded by Gen. Pillow, which is a pretty honorable man." As it would later be revealed, Maj. Gen. Gideon Pillow was not nearly as honorable as Ebbert thought him, as Pillow was discovered to have written an anonymous letter (published in the New Orleans Delta on September 10, 1847), wrongly crediting himself for the American victories at Contreras and Churubusco; those battles were actually won by Scott. When Pillow's intrigue was exposed, he was arrested by Scott and held for court-martial. Pillow escaped punishment, but was discharged from the Army in July 1848.

    Ebbert goes on to say that: "It was last Friday that the enemy first sent out a flag of truce offering to surrender the town and Castle on conditions that we would not destroy it . . . from what I could hear that if the war continued then Scott intended blowing the castle up and maybe the town too, and this may possibly bring them to terms. At least I hope it may for I am pretty tired of this life, particularly, pork & beans." He adds that "Yesterday was the day that the Mexicans evacuated the city & castle . . . and now the Stars & Stripes waves proudly over the town and castle."

    Ebberts' letters are neatly and carefully penned, and offer a wealth of information, from the extraordinary to the mundane. Letters show light to moderate age toning, with little more than seal tears to detract from their fine state. Exceptional content for any Texana or Mexican-American War collector! Prospective buyers are advised to view all items in the lot carefully prior to bidding.

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    24th-25th Saturday-Sunday
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