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Patterson’s March

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[MAP]. SMITH, Gustavus Woodson. Sketch of Line of March of Gen. Patterson’s Division from Matamoros to Victoria and of Route from Victoria to Tampico. Based upon Data from Genl. Arista’s Map & Observations Made on Line of March. Philadelphia: P.S. Duval’s Steam Lith. Press. Lithograph folding map (41 x 30.7 cm). Except for browning in blank upper margin, very fine.

In (as issued) General Patterson’s Route of March. Letter from the Secretary of War, Transmitting a Report on the Route of General Patterson’s Division from Matamoros to Victoria. December 19, 1850. [Washington, 1850]. [1] 2-7 [1, blank] pp. 8vo (22.3 x 14.5 cm), disbound. Light browning.

First edition (31st Congress, 2nd Session, House Document 13). Garrett & Goodwin, p. 291.

Prints Smith’s diary covering the 364-mile march, mostly including comments on roads, streams, forage, water supplies, etc. No military action occurred on the march. The march was necessitated when Patterson’s troops were ordered to leave Taylor’s command to join Scott.

Smith (1821-1896) was twice brevetted during the Mexican-American War and fought for the South in the Civil War. Robert Patterson (1792-1881) enjoyed a distinguished career during the Mexican-American War, fighting at Veracruz and Cerro Gordo, but was a failure during the Civil War and relieved of his command. He was a phenomenal success as a businessman, however.


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