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The First American Soldier to Enter Mexico City

“The bravest man I ever knew” (Winfield Scott)

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[BIOGRAPHY]. DE PEYSTER, John Watts. Personal and Military History of Philip Kearney, Major-General United States Volunteers. New York: Rice & Gage, Publishers: Bliss & Co., Newark, N.J., 1869. [4], [i] ii-xi [1, blank], [13] 14-512 pp., frontispiece, added half title, 8 plates. 8vo (23 x 15.5 cm), original brown cloth decorated in gilt with spine gilt lettered. Rebacked, spine slightly faded. Light wear, front free endpaper detached. Except for a few minor flaws, interior is very fine. With printed bookplate of Edward M. Crane on front pastedown.

First edition. Connor & Faulk 490. Dornbusch, II 219. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 205. Haferkorn, p. 59. Nevins, II 52: “Lavish in its praise but contains many excerpts from pertinent documents.” Sabin 19635. Tutorow 3788.

Kearny’s experiences in the Mexican-American War are covered in chapters 10-11. Kearny began service with Taylor, but was transferred to Scott’s command, where he remained from Veracruz to Mexico City, which city he is reputed to have been the first American soldier to enter. While recruiting in Illinois, he fell in with Abraham Lincoln, who helped him (p. 124). Kearny was described by Winfield Scott as “the bravest man I ever knew.” Kearny (1815-1862) was so eager for action that he fought with French troops while studying in France and even twice resigned because of inactivity. De Peyster (1821-1907) was a well-known historian, politician, and philanthropist.


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