[BUENA VISTA, BATTLE OF]. CURRIER, Nathaniel (publisher). Santa Anna’s Messengers Requesting Genl. Taylor to Surrender His Forces at Discretion, Previous to the Battle of Buena Vista. “General Taylor Never Surrenders” Sir: In reply to your note of this date, summoning me to surrender my forces at discretion, I beg leave to say that I decline acceding to your request—With high respect I am, Sir, your obedient serv’t, Z. Taylor. [along bottom] Lith. & Pub. By N. Currier. Entered According to 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. [at bottom] 453. Print: image area: 21 x 32.4 cm. Contemporary hand-color. Matted in modern wooden frame under Plexiglas. Overall darkening and a few small stains, left side creased. Not examined outside of frame.
First edition. Currier 5382. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 561. Peters, p. 355.
Another rendition of the above image, the main change here being to the depiction of Taylor. It is difficult to know which came first, although the former image depicts a fiercer Taylor, suggesting that it may be the second. Here Taylor looks like a junior officer.