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241. OSWANDEL, J. Jacob. Notes of the Mexican
War, 1846-1847-1848.... Philadelphia: Privately printed
for the author, 1885. 642 pp., engraved portraits and
views. 8vo, original brown cloth. Fine. Laid in is an
engraved one-page invitation from The Scott
Legion...Philadelphia, March 6th, 1855 to dedicate a
monument in Glenwood Cemetery to the memory of deceased
comrades in arms (on p. 627 the author tells of the
founding of Scotts Legion, an organization of
veterans of the Mexican-American War who served on Mexican
First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 87. Garrett, The Mexican-American War, pp. 40-41: "Although the title states revised, this is the first actual printing." Haferkorn, pp. 48-49. Tutorow 3593: "Oswandels account covers the period December 11, 1846, to July 29, 1848. He served with Company C, 1st Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, in Scotts army. It has been suggested that the memoirs are based not so much on his own experiences or records, but on a diary kept by John Kreitzer. Contains many letters, a list of the officers and men in his organization, the names of deserters, and a list of those discharged or who had died." Smith & Judah (Chronicles of the Gringos) includes excerpts from Oswandels account, "Sordid Camp Misery" (pp. 297-299), "Mexican and the Camps" (pp. 307-308), and "Soldiers View of Mexico City" (pp. 396-399). This book is one of those agonies of private publishingthe author states that he saved for thirty-five years to have his account published.