AUCTION 23

 
 

Major General Scott Launches the Largest U.S. Amphibious Attack upon the Strongest Fortress in the Western Hemisphere

 
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417. [MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR]. CURRIER, N[athaniel]. Bombardment of Vera Cruz | March 25th. 1847; [below neat line] Lith. & Pub. by N. Currier | Entered according to the Act of Congress in the year 1847 by N. Currier, in the Clerk’s office of the District Court of the Southern District of N.Y. | 152 Nassau St. Cor. of Spruce N.Y.; [left of title] American Army under Genl. Scott 12,100;[right of title] American Loss 15 Killed, 50 Wounded;[text below title] The bombardment commenced on the 22nd of March at 4 1/4 o’clock P.M. and was incessant day and night until the morning of the 26th, at which time overtures were made by the enemy for a capitulation of the City and also of the Castle of San Juan de Ulloa (the Gibraltar of America) and the city... [below text at lower center] 458. Lithograph with original hand coloring (battle scene with “Old Rough & Ready” at left on his horse giving instructions to soldiers, one of whom is maneuvering a cannon toward the castle of San Juan de Ulúa in the faint distance). Neat line to neat line: 21.1 x 32.4 cm; image & text below: 24.2 x 32.4 cm; overall sheet size: 25.4 x 35.6 cm. Moderate foxing, old mounts on verso, edges ragged in a few places, image fine and bright.

     Kurutz & Mathes, The Forgotten War, p. 188. Sandweiss, Stewart & Huseman, Eyewitness to War: Prints and Daguerreotypes of the Mexican War, 1846-1848, pp. 21-22; Figure 8 (showing a different version of print, without text below). Tyler, The Mexican War, A Lithographic Record, pp. 32 (illustrated p. 45).

     After a twenty-day siege (March 9-29), the first large-scale amphibious assault by U.S. forces, Veracruz, then considered the strongest fortress in the Western Hemisphere, fell to U.S. forces under major General Scott. On the 25th, the Mexicans called for a cease-fire to discuss surrender terms. Scott lost more men to yellow fever than bullets in this pivotal battle.

($100-200)

Sold. Hammer: $100.00; Price Realized: $122.50.

Auction 23 Abstracts

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