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AUCTION 24

The San Patricios Meet Their Fate

<p>Order 281, p. [1]</p>


380.    

[SAN PATRICIOS]. UNITED STATES. ARMY. General Orders. A collection of four army General Orders dealing with the San Patricios. All are 12mo and in good condition.

[1] General Orders 281. Headquarters of the Army, Tucubaya, September 8, 1847. [1] 2-3 [1, blank] pp. Three small punch holes in left margin, separated at gutter margin, disbound. Signed H.L. Scott.

First edition. Eberstadt, p. 70. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 389.

This records the results of the trial of the San Patricios, all but a few of whom were hanged. Three, including leader John Riley, had their sentences commuted to whipping and branding, and a few others were also reduced. As the document notes, “The above named men...were executed at San Ángel September 19, 1847.”

[2] General Orders 282. Headquarters of the Army, Tucubaya, September 10, 1847. Broadside. Disbound. Signed H.L. Scott.

First edition. Eberstadt, p. 70. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 390.

Concerns four San Patricios who were not hanged with the others because they were “passing under guard from Tucubaya to Miscoac.” The text notes, “Executed at Miscoac, Sept. 11, 1847.”

[3] General Orders 283. Headquarters of the Army, Tucubaya, September 10, 1847. [1] 2-3 [1, blank] pp. Separated at gutter margin, disbound, p. [3] faultily printed at bottom.

First edition. Eberstadt, p. 70. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 390.

Concerns the condemnation of over forty men for the crime of desertion, of whom thirty were hanged. Some sentences were commuted or reduced, but most were “Executed September 13, 1847, at Miscoac.” This is the famous execution overlooking the Battle of Chapultepec.

[4] General Orders 47. Headquarters of the Army, Mexico, February 7, 1848. Broadside. Disbound. Signed H.L. Scott.

First edition. Eberstadt, p. 74. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 404.

Overturns the conviction of Mexican citizen Luz Bega, who had been found guilty of “enticing soldiers to desert the American standard.” Warns that an unquestioned conviction for this crime will result in death. Nearly 100 San Patricios had escaped capture and still remained with the Mexican army.

($1,500.00-$3,000.00)

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