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Pingenot Auction, Lot 241

241. OSWANDEL, J. Jacob. Notes of the Mexican War, 1846-1847-1848.... Philadelphia: Privately printed for the author, 1885. 642 pp., engraved portraits and views. 8vo, original brown cloth. Fine. Laid in is an engraved one-page invitation from The Scott Legion...Philadelphia, March 6th, 1855 to dedicate a monument in Glenwood Cemetery to the memory of deceased comrades in arms (on p. 627 the author tells of the founding of Scott’s Legion, an organization of veterans of the Mexican-American War who served on Mexican soil.
         First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 87. Garrett, The Mexican-American War, pp. 40-41: "Although the title states ‘revised,’ this is the first actual printing." Haferkorn, pp. 48-49. Tutorow 3593: "Oswandel’s account covers the period December 11, 1846, to July 29, 1848. He served with Company C, 1st Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, in Scott’s army. It has been suggested that the memoirs are based not so much on his own experiences or records, but on a diary kept by John Kreitzer. Contains many letters, a list of the officers and men in his organization, the names of deserters, and a list of those discharged or who had died." Smith & Judah (Chronicles of the Gringos) includes excerpts from Oswandel’s account, "Sordid ‘Camp Misery’" (pp. 297-299), "Mexican and the Camps" (pp. 307-308), and "Soldier’s View of Mexico City" (pp. 396-399). This book is one of those agonies of private publishing—the author states that he saved for thirty-five years to have his account published.