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16. BAYLIES, Francis. A Narrative of Major
General Wools Campaign in Mexico, in the Years 1846,
1847, and 1848. Albany: Little & Company [title
verso: Joel Munsell, Printer], 1851. 78 pp., lithographed
frontispiece portrait of Wool. 8vo, original maize printed
wrappers. Spine sympathetically reinforced with matching
paper. Ink ownership stamp on verso of upper wrapper, light
ink-stamped number on one interior page, light circular
stain on lower wrapper. Pingenot described the condition as
"relatively fine"the wrappers are quite fresh.
Preserved in a half light brown morocco and marbled boards
and folding box.
First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 152. Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 138: "Provides the basic information on Wools campaign." Haferkorn, p. 41. Howes B262. Tutorow 3380. Pingenot: This is the first book publication of Baylies narrative after its appearance the year before in Strykers American Register. The author not only consulted contemporary private and official sources for his work on Wools campaign, but had the good fortune to interview Wool himself. His work traces the journey of Wools army southward from San Antonio, describing the people, towns, geography, flora, and fauna along the way. Although his 900-mile march was without incident, his forces arrived at Saltillo in time to join Taylor in one of the major battles of the war, the Battle of Buena Vista.