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Bravo’s Report on the Fall of Chapultepec

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[CHAPULTEPEC, BATTLE OF]. BRAVO, Nicolás. Parte oficial del General Bravo, sobre la accion de Chapultepec. Toluca: Impreso en Toluca, 1847. Dated in type September 14, 1847. [3] [1, blank] pp. 4to (27.5 x 22 cm). Creased where formerly folded, minor fold splits, final page lightly stained.

First edition. Not in usual Mexican-American War sources.

Bravo’s report about the September 13, 1847, fall of Chapultepec, of which he was commander. He recites a host of ills that led to the fall of the fortress, including mass desertions, lack of reinforcements, lack of ability to defend the approaches, enemy artillery, and overwhelming enemy numbers. A fascinating report that pulls no punches in blaming Santa-Anna at least in part for the defeat. This was written while he was a prisoner.


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