[HARNEY, WILLIAM S.]. CURRIER, Nathaniel (publisher). Col. Harney at the Dragoon Fight at Medelin, near Vera Cruz, March 25th, 1847. [along bottom] Lith. & Pub. By N. Currier, Entered According to Act of Congress, A.D. 1847, by N. Currier, in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the Southern Districkt [sic] of N.Y. 152 Nassau St. Cor. Of Spruce N.Y. Print: image area: 21 x 32 cm. Contemporary hand color. In contemporary wood frame. Not examined outside of frame.
First edition. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 560. Peters, p. 219.
A depiction of an obscure scene from the war, but one that attracted some attention. The scene is dominated by Harney and a Mexican lancer in the center, with Harney about to strike. The rest of the scene is a wild melee. At Medelín, U.S. troops attacked a body of Mexicans in possession of a bridge to the American rear near Veracruz, their presence having been discovered during the siege. Harney commanded the 2nd Dragoons in the Mexican-American War.