[TAYLOR, ZACHARY]. A Sketch of the Life and Character of Gen. Taylor, the American Hero and People’s Man; Together with a Concise History of the Mexican War; Description of the Battles—Official Return of Killed and Wounded—Anecdotes of Gen Taylor and Incidents of the War—Remarkable Bravery and Humanity of an American Woman Connected with the Army—Naval Operations—Sketches of the Lives of Ringgold, Brown, May, Woods, &c. By the One-Legged Sergeant. Boston: Published by J.B. Hall, 66 Cornhill, 1847. <Price 12½ Cents [sic]. Entered According to Act of Congress in the Year 1846, by J.B. Hall, in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of Massachusetts [wrapper title]. [1-3] 4-36 pp. 8vo (23 x 15 cm) original pictorial wrappers. Washed and restored with new paper spine; upper wrapper chipped, wrappers lightly stained, interior with scattered stains. Overall, a good copy of an ephemeral item.
First edition. Garrett & Goodwin, pp. 251-252. Howes T80. Tutorow 3729. Winegarten, Texas Women’s History Project Bibliography, p. 105.
Much of Texas interest, including material on the Texas Rangers and the battles on Texas soil. One chapter concerns “The Great Western” (pp. 26-28). The reference is to Sarah Borginnis, the 6’ 2” Amazon who became famous for her outstanding feats of bravery performed in several battles of the war, here at Fort Brown. The present work is one of the few contemporary sources on this remarkable woman. Includes numerous breathless accounts of battles and two woodcuts illustrative of the actions.