[CAPTIVITIES]. SCOTT, John. Encarnacion Prisoners Comprising an Account of the March of the Kentucky Cavalry from Louisville to the Rio Grande, together with an Authentic History of the Captivity of the American Prisoners, including Incidents and Sketches of Men and Things on the Route and in Mexico. Louisville: Prentice & Wessinger, 1848. [1-3] 4-96 pp. 8vo (21.5 x 14 cm), new brown quarter morocco over marbled boards. Very fine. Among the rarest books on the Mexican-American War. Only one copy at auction in the last thirty years.
First edition. Brinley Sale 4720 & 8301. Graff 3714. Haferkorn, p. 44. Howes S231. Sabin 22549 & 65708. Tutorow 3503: “Concerns 1st Regiment of Kentucky Cavalry, several units of which were captured and imprisoned by Mexican troops at Encarnación, fifty miles south of Saltillo.”
The author gives an account of his travels through Texas on his way to Mexico. The troops, consisting of Arkansas and Kentucky troops, were captured on January 23, 1847, at a rancho where they had reconnoitred. Although at times treated roughly, Scott makes many flattering remarks about the country and its beauty.
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