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    [Mexican War] T. B. Thorpe. Our Army on the Rio Grande. Being a Short Account of the Important Events transpiring from the time of the removal of the "Army of Occupation" from Corpus Christi, to the Surrender of Matamoros; with Descriptions of the Battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma, the Bombardment of Fort Brown, and the Ceremonies of the Surrender of Matamoros: with Descriptions of the City, etc. etc. Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1846. First edition. 8to. ix, 300 pp. Frontispiece. Illustrations. Bound in brown three-quarter morocco with marbled paper over boards. Gilt lettering to spine. Inked name of previous owner on fly leaf, and again on the verso of one of the plates. Bookplate on front pastedown. Some dampstaining and foxing throughout. Light shelf wear and scuffing to the binding. Very good.

    Thomas Bangs Thorpe had already achieve success as a writer (from his humorous works such as Tome Owen, the Bee-Hunter, and The Big Bear of Arkansas) before serving in the Mexican War. Jenkins, in Basic Texas Books, writes: "This book, although hastily prepared, contains a wealth of eyewitness material relating to the Mexican War along the South Texas border. Most of the illustrations are from drawings made by Thorpe himself. As a supporter and political ally of Gen. Zachary Taylor, many official doors were opened to him. Through this and two other books by Thorpe, Taylor received the national prominence that led to his election as President. [...] The volume is marred by Thorpe's conventional attitude towards the war and his blind acceptance of American manifest destiny. [...] Nevertheless, Thorpe gives us the best picture of the Texas arena of the Mexican War even though coming through the eyes of a fervent believer in its validity."

    References:
    Basic Texas Books 205. Howes T236. Raines, p. 204. Sabin 95665.


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