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Interesting Account of the Battle of Buena Vista


[BUENA VISTA, BATTLE OF]. BENHAM, Henry Washington. Recollections of Mexico and the Battle of Buena Vista, Feb. 22 and 23, 1847. By an Engineer Officer on its Twenty-Fourth Anniversary. Unpublished Copy. From the Monthly Magazine “Old and New,” for June and July. Boston, 1871 [wrapper title]. [1] 2-27 [1, blank] pp. 8vo (22.5 x 13 cm), original orange printed wrappers. Disbound, lacks spine and lower wrapper, old machine sewing in left margin, glue residue on upper wrapper, upper wrapper and some leaves chipped. Inscribed in ink from author to W.W. Belknap on upper wrapper (inscription chipped). Several ink corrections in the text presumably in the author’s hand. Small rectangular ink stamp on upper wrapper and New York Public Library perforation stamp on p. [1].

First separate edition (First published in Old and New, 1871, nos. 3:6 and 4:1, pp. 644-656 & 45-58 [Tutorow 2639]). Connor & Faulk 280. Eberstadt 55. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 138. Haferkorn, p. 41. Tutorow 3629.

A detailed, informative account of the battle from the moment of surprise when it was discovered that the Mexican army was nearly on top of them to the equally pleasant surprise that the Mexicans had retreated during the night. Includes incidents of orders and counter-orders and disasters and near disasters. Contains important information about the muleteers. Benham is somewhat critical of the volunteers. Much more interesting reading than formal after-action battle reports.

Connecticut native Benham (1813-1884) was a professional military engineer who held several important posts and fought in the Civil War. He was wounded during the Battle of Buena Vista and promoted for his actions.


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