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    The Mexican army suffers defeat at the hands of the "degenerate sons of Washington" during the Mexican War

    [Mexican War] and [Battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma]. Charles F. Morris Autograph Letter Signed "C.F.M." Sixteen pages, 8" x 10", "Camp near Matamoras [Mexico]," n. d. [May 1846]. Written to his father shortly after the Battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma, Lieutenant Charles F. Morris, U.S. 8th Infantry Regiment, weaves a wonderfully detailed narrative of both engagements, in part: "'We have met the enemy and they are our's.' Defeated in two successive battles on the 8th and 9th of this month . . . a perfect rout in which we captured 10 out of 12 pieces of artillery, an immense quantity of both cannon and musket ammunition, canister, grape and every other kind of shot, between three and four hundred mules . . . muskets & sabres &c innumerable, took Gen. [Rómulo Díaz de] la Vega prisoner, and in the two battles, have killed and wounded and taken prisoners, at least as many men as we had on the ground, between 16 & 1700 men. Pretty good for the 'degenerate sons of Washington.'"

    Morris compliments his foe, calling them "the finest army and best equipped that Mexico ever sent into the field," adding that "it is entirely annihilated." The remaining fourteen pages contain a comprehensive account of action taken by Morris' 8th Infantry during the two battles, with a tally of officers wounded at Palo Alto, including himself: "I was hit by a buckshot in the hip, about an inch and a half above the joint . . . At first I could not tell which way the ball had gone, but this morning, the swelling being nearly all gone, I can feel it with my finger in the rear of the place where it entered." Morris' wound eventually healed and he continued to serve in Mexico, but was killed the following year on September 8, 1847, during the Battle of Molino del Rey, one the bloodiest days of the war.

    Smoothed folds with very light areas of toning in the margins. Small pinholes near the vertical fold on most pages from previous binding.


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