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    [Mexican War]. Joseph King Fenno Mansfield Autograph Letter Signed "Jos. K. F. Mansfield." Three integral pages, 8" x 10.75", "near Monterrey", May 28, 1847, to Major Richard Delafield, New York. Joseph King Fenno Mansfield, West Point class of 1822, enjoyed a distinguished military career, ultimately reaching the rank of Major General, ultimately killed in action at the Battle of Antietam, in 1862. During the Mexican-American War he was brevetted for service at Fort Brown, Texas, Monterrey and Buena Vista. This letter, written to Major Richard Delafield (Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, Union General), is rich with content. For example, Mansfield weighs in on the prospects for peace in the current war. He writes, in part: "I fear we shall have to hold this Military Command of all Mexico & call it a conquest. This will be bad for us & oblige the U.S. to keep up a very large Military Command (establishment) here. My own opinion is that Congress should without hesitation annex upper California & New Mexico as Territories & call it a part of the U.S. defining the 32 or 32 ½ degree of latitude as the Southern Boundary till it strikes the Rio Grande & then follow that over to the mouth. And this too without consulting Mexico further...till such time as it might please these people to make peace." His opinion of the locals is harsh: "These people are a disorganized mass of population of inferior blood. The characteristics of the Negro & Indian particularly as to color are prominent in them. Now & then you see a little of the Castilian blood." His summation of the war is short and sweet: "This war is getting with me to be an old story & I should be glad to see it ended." The paper has some browning at the edges and the usual old fold creases but remains legible and in very good condition.

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