[BUENA VISTA, BATTLE OF]. CARLETON, James Henry. The Battle of Buena Vista, with the Operations of the “Army of Occupation” for One Month. New York: Harper & Bros., No. 82 Cliff Street, 1848. [i-v] vi-vii [1, blank],  2-238, ,  2-8 pp., 2 folding maps (silked). 12mo (17.2 x 12 cm), later full green levant morocco gilt, spine gilt lettered and decorated, top edge gilt, with original spine and covers bound in. First map loose, both with small fold splits. Some slight age toning and scattered light foxing. Overall fine.
Three letters bound in:  ALs by General Pillow during the Mexican-American (Camp Huihita, December 24, 1846). A personal letter to his wife Mary in which he reassures her about his health, updates her on war news, offers comments on rumors about Santa-Anna and the horrors of war, and closes with a warm personal greeting to her and their children. With the postmark of Port Isabel. 3 pp. with integral address panel. Fine.  1928 TLs by Lutz Wahl giving the statement of services for Mexican-American War veteran A.H. Vories (no doubt relating to his pension). 1 p. Fine.  ANs by Humphrey Marshall responding to a request for his signature. 1 p. Fine.
First edition. Connor & Faulk 281. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 139. Haferkorn, p. 43. Sabin 10905. Tutorow 3397.
“He combines personal observations with a study of official documents to give what is still probably the best account of the Battle of Buena Vista. Appendices contain letters and reports from Americans as well as Mexicans, reproduce in part or in whole letters and reports from Americans as well as Mexicans, and print in part or in whole letters to and from Carleton, Marcy, Micheltorena, Taylor, Santa Anna, and Colonel Roger S. Dix. Lists casualties and gives information about prisoners” (Tutorow).
Carleton (1814-1873) was a dragoon during the Mexican-American War. He went on to a distinguished military career in the American West during the Civil War, earning a reputation as a vicious Indian fighter. He died in San Antonio while still in the Army.
An exceptional copy of a very important book.