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    [Mexican War]. Mexican War Soldier Autograph Letter Signed. Three pages, 8.25" x 10.5", Mexico City, February 1, 1848, addressed to his parents in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The soldier, Joseph Z. Hoffer, writes about Texas Rangers, Colt Walker revolvers, the pursuit of Santa Anna, and General Winfield Scott ("Old Scoot"). In part as written:

    "I understood that Jack Hays with his rigament of Texican rangers and several companys of dragoons where hot foot after Santa Anna god speed they may catch him I would like to be one of the members that is after him and could get a shot at him for the way he had John treated the infernal old curse if Jack Hays or any of his men get in cite of him they will not take him as a prisonor but will give him a share of thair revolvers they carry what is called six shooters they are the hardest looking soldiers I ever saw there is not two drest alike all drest hoosier fashion."

    Shortly before Texas Ranger Samuel Walker died at the Battle of Huamantla in October 1847, he worked with Samuel Colt to improve the five-shot Colt Paterson. The result was a six shooter dubbed the Colt Walker. Colt produced only 1,100. By the time Hoffer wrote this letter, many of the pistols had made it into the hands of Jack Hays' men, who had impressed federal regulars, including Hoffer, with them.

    Calling the Mexican soldiers "Yallow belleys," the soldier accuses them of not fighting because "they have come to the conclusion that it aint no use they cant be found any more old Scoot [General Winfield Scott] has banished them just as old Saint Patrick did the toads and snakes in Ireland." The soldier also reports that "We took general Valencia a prisonor about ten days ago."

    On light-blue lined paper. Some discoloration and light soiling. A tear and minor paper loss on the final page, which occurred when the seal was originally opened. Original envelope, soiled and stained, is included.


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      and Hagon sent his by mail but I will get mine the next mail if you wrot any which I am sure you did if my letter reached you which I hope did, my dear parents I am always satisfied if I can only here of your health.

     

      to do business up night it would scare you to see the soldiers flocking in here they are coming from the states so fast that old Scoot hardley knowes where to put them he has sent part of the old troops out to the several small towns around the city to give room for the new wans that come up some to Tobiea[?] San-Angels Tucabya [Tucabaya] and I saw in to days that there was a bragade to lieve this city to morrow  for Cuernevaca, the last mail that come up fetched six thousand soldiers with it under the command of General Marchal and they said that there where troops landing every day at Vera Cruze Uncle Sam is bound to polute the country with Yankeys,

      fashion,

      our rigament is still at San-Angels Hagon Carney and James Understood sends their respects to you and you can tell their folks they are as fat and harty as ever I also saw Joseph & William Natcher you can tell Barney Hendles family that they are boath well

      troble mother it is you I dont want to let it give you troble [.] the doctor made me some linament  and you ought to see me in the morning rubing down my old marrow bones I often think of duch Joe what he used to say dam des matticks I wish I was rid of them but mine is not to compare with his no how, I want you to send me some papers but it is of no use to me to tell you for I have asked so often that is of no use I never got but one Carlisle paper that was from Ned Underwood and it done me so much good I need every thing in it even the advertisement I saw that several of the young fellows has commended buisness for instance the fleming boys & Corneal Carney Fred Cormon and several others and their next step will be to get a wife then they had better be in Mexico I understood that Jim is making his cage nothing more at presant but remains your most affectionate son

      

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