War News from the Hinterlands

Capture of Solon Borland’s Arkansas Volunteer Cavalry

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414. [MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR]. El Sonorense. Periodico Oficial del Gobierno de Sonora. [At end] Hermosillo, Enero 20 de 1847...Imprenta del Gobierno de Sonora, dirigida por Jesus P. Siqueires, [1847]. Vol. 1, No. 27 (18 February 1847). [1] 2-4 pp., printed in double columns. Folio (31.2 x 21.7 cm). Mild overall age toning, small piece missing from upper left corner, two small wormholes at lower right blank margin and one in center (the latter affecting one letter), lower blank margin slightly dusty; overall very good copy of an issue of a rare Borderlands newspaper printed at Hermosillo, Sonora.

     First edition. About half of this issue is devoted to up-to-the-minute news on the Mexican-American War. The first page is occupied by the printing of a Mexican law (December 30, 1846) concerning a loan to pay for the Mexican-American War, the proceeds of which might also be used in dealing with “indios bárbaros” or the invading forces from the United States. Page 4 has a field report dated at Encarnación January 23, 1847, by General José Vicente Miñon, who was leading one of Santa Anna’s cavalry brigades in the Army of the North and threatening General Taylor’s supply lines. Miñon states that he has captured an American Army advance column at Encarnación [de Guzmán], a reference to the taking of belligerent Major Solon Borland and his Mounted Arkansas Rifles at an area just south of Saltillo. Two chiefs, four officers, and seventy-six were taken prisoners of war, according to this report. Miñon remarks that Miguel Galindo, a Mexican who was scouting for the column, was executed on the spot as a traitor. Also included is an order dated January 24, 1847, by Santa-Anna commanding that the spoils be distributed among the soldiers who captured Borland. Pages 2-3 are taken up with printing a section of the constitution of the state of Sonora.


Sold. Hammer: $300.00; Price Realized: $367.50.

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