[CONTRERAS, BATTLE OF]. Al Pueblo Mexicano. Relacion de las causas que influyeron en los desgraciados sucesos del dia 20 de Agosto de 1847. Mexico City: Imprenta de Vicente García Torres, Ex convento del Espíritu Santo núm 2, 1847. [1-3] 4-36 pp. 8vo (20.5 x 15 cm), original maize printed wrappers typographical border, stitched. Other than some light wrinkling, very fine in maroon cloth folding case.
First edition. Howes R187. Palau 4434. Sabin 38633 and 69189. Streeter Sale 268. Sutro, p. 829. Not in usual Mexican-American War sources.
An anonymous account dated August 24, 1847, documenting the causes of the Mexican defeat at the Battle of Contreras on August 19-20, 1847. It was there that the Mexican defensive position commanded by Valencia was overwhelmed by General Scott, paving the way to the fall of Churabusco, the defeat of Santa-Anna’s principal army, and eventually the fall of Mexico City. This documented version of the events places the blame squarely on Valencia, who is accused of disobeying orders to retreat, and vindicates Santa-Anna: “La falta de obediencia del general Santa-Anna completamente, y su imprudente arrojo dió al enemigo un triunfo” (p. 8). Reprints numerous official documents.
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