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    Joseph Hooker: Extensive Mexican War Letter. Stampless cover containing a 7-page letter written by future Union General Joseph P. Hooker, Camp near Monterey, Mexico, October 11, 1846, addressed to Lorey Odel, Esq. in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The letter consists of two bi-fold sheets attached with three stamp hinges. Hooker initially expresses surprise that he finds himself in Mexico armed with memories of past times in Rockingham and scant news of friends. Monterey has fallen after an obstinate resistance. It "fell a prize to the intrepidity & valor of the American troops... on a careful examination of all its defenses I am only surprised that it fell into our hands at all... The main batteries fought on the 21st where we sustained the greatest part of our loss. Those portions of our forces were upon fire from the 17th to the 24th when the capital capitulated... They [my regiment] had previously talked most valiantly but I could see as soon as they got under fire that they felt as though their early education had been neglected... They will have to travel a long distance to find a worse [place]... They [the Mexicans] left 155 wounded in the Hospital... almost all of whom were shot in the head... It is reported that General A. kept four mistresses while in command at Monterey. We captured thirty five pieces of artillery and an immense quantity of small arms & all the munitions of war...I consider the war thus far as a public benefit for Mexico. She has been paid most liberally for every bushel of corn & every pound of beef was none taken from them... Another great mistake has been in determining upon the theatre for our operations. Invading Mexico through the Northern provinces is not unlike invading Canada by the way of Detroit... Indeed our presence has scarcely been felt at the heart of the nation... Our next advance will be to Saltillo... from this almost the whole route thence lies through mountain passes some of which are so narrow that not more than one mule can pass at the same time... The Mexicans are a race of miserable devils... the best of them hold offices. The women are fat & kind... all of the inhabitants are indolent in the extreme. They live on a soil which supplies them with all of the necessaries of life without labor... All admit that it is a glorious country to campaign in." Somewhat difficult to read with some ink stains and bleed-through complicating the task, but generally in very fine condition with excellent content.

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    December, 2015
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