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AUCTION 24

The Battle is Over—The War is Not

<p>Order 284, p. [1]</p>


481.    

UNITED STATES. ARMY. GENERAL ORDERS. A pair of general orders issued just after the occupation of Mexico City.

[1] Headquarters of the Army, Mexico, Sept. 14, 1847. General Orders 284. [1]-2 [2, blank] pp. 12mo (19.6 x 13 cm), disbound. On blue paper. Signed by H.L. Scott.

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

Probably the first order issued by Scott once inside Mexico City, which he had entered this same day. While announcing that the city has fallen, he warns that the Mexican army is still very much a concern and orders all to be on their guard: “Our safety is in military discipline.” He also warns that stragglers and drunks are liable to be assassinated.

[2] Headquarters of the Army, National Palace of Mexico, Sept. 16, 1847. General Orders 286. [1] [3, blank] pp. 12mo (20.1 x 13.5 cm), disbound. Left margin irregular and with old stab holes. On blue paper. Signed by H.L. Scott.

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

Another early order, issued only two days after Mexico City was occupied. Congratulates the army on their victories but warns of a potentially resurgent Mexican army assisted by the populace.

Scott’s fears were well founded in light of the popular insurrection that arose in the days following occupation. The Mexican army never again threatened Mexico City but did unsuccessfully besiege Puebla starting almost immediately after the occupation.

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