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All the News That’s Fit to Print

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[CENSORSHIP]. UNITED STATES. ARMY. GENERAL ORDERS. Headquarters of the Army, Mexico, Nov. 12, 1847. General Orders 349. [1]-2 [2, blank] pp. 12mo (20.3 x 14 cm), disbound. Left margin uneven with old stab holes, voids in gutter margin. Signed by H.L. Scott. Rare. No copies on OCLC.

First edition. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 395.

Reprints General Order No. 3 from the War Department dated January 28, 1847, relating to restrictions on private reports of battle action because they are “frequently mischievous in design and always disgraceful to the Army.” Here Scott follows up with his own order expressing his determination to enforce the order and ends with a snarky observation about the authors of the articles that appeared in newspapers in Tampico and New Orleans. Those reports probably referred to incidents around the Battle of Mexico City.

The Mexican-American War was the first U.S. war that had considerable reporting about it sent home to newspapers. The struggle to control the news culminated in the disgraceful Leonidas Letter later.


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