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Pingenot Auction, Lot 298

298. STEVENS, Isaac I. Campaigns of the Rio Grande and of Mexico. With Notices of the Recent work of Major Ripley. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1851. 108 pp. 12mo, new dark brown morocco over marbled boards. Very fine.
         First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 242. Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 143. Haferkorn, p. 19. Howes S962. Tutorow 3445: "Stevens served as adjutant of engineers in the siege of Vera Cruz, the battle of Cerro Gordo, Contreras, and in the reconnaissance and battle of Churubusco. He was made brevet captain on August 20, 1847, for gallant and meritorious conduct in the battles of Contreras and Churubusco. He served in the battle of Molino del Rey...and in the battle of Chapultepec. He was promoted to brevet major on September 13, 1847...and was in the assault and capture of the city of Mexico where he was wounded....Stevens’ notices on Ripley’s book amount to a defense of Taylor and Scott as competent generals whose superior judgment led to victory." Raines, p. 195: "With the [Texas] battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de Palma, and bombardment of Fort Texas, later called Fort Brown."
($300-600)