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[BIOGRAPHY]. BALBONTÍN, Manuel. Memorias del Coronel Manuel Balbontín. Episodios de su carrera militar y politica, funciones de armas en que se encontro, conducta que observe en los cambios politicos que durante mas de treinta años ocurrieron en la Republica, y consecuencias que su modo de obrar le produjo. Dan principio en el año de 1845. San Luis Potosí: Tip. de Escuela I. Militar, dirigida por Aurelio B. Cortés, 1896. [1-7] 8-15 [3], [17] 18-546, [4] pp., 1 plate, 11 folded maps (battle plans, mostly colored). 8vo (22 x 16 cm), contemporary green quarter sheep over mottled boards, spine gilt lettered and decorated. Spine faded and rubbed, boards heavily rubbed, corners bumped. Interior and maps very fine. With ink signature of Coronel Antonio Ramos Cadena and with his 1896 purple ink stamp in several places.

First edition. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 190.

A somewhat more minor work as it concerns the war, overshadowed by his longer and more detailed 1883 La invasión americana. In the present work, the war is covered on pp. 10-15. Balbontín was an artillerist captured at Monterrey but later exchanged. His most interesting description is of the confusion that followed the evacuation of Mexico City.

The author (1824-1894) participated in most of the major battles in Mexico that occurred between the Mexican-American War and his retirement in 1876 after the French Intervention and the end of Maximilian’s rule. His participation in the 1863 Battle of San Lorenzo is on pp. 361-384.


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