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[MEXICAN ARMY]. A group of seven orders and decrees, 1846-1847, concerning the Mexican military. All are 12mo, most folded sheets. Most are first editions.

[1] Ministerio de Guerra y Marina. Seccion de operaciones [caption title]. [Mexico City, 1846]. Dated in type August 28, 1846. [3] [1, blank] pp. Old stab holes in left margin, otherwise fine. With Almonte’s paraf.

Eberstadt 433. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 469. Harper 12:245.

“Decree levying new requirements of men on the states of the Mexican federation necessary for military expenses since ‘the territory of the Republic is invaded by the forces of the United States of North America,’ with a table of the contribution of men that are expected from the various states, varying from more than eight thousand for the state of Mexico to only two hundred and eighty for the little state of Aguascalientes” (Eberstadt). This is in reality a draft law.

[2] Ministerio de Guerra y Marina [caption title]. [Mexico City, 1847]. Dated in type April 9, 1847. [2] [2, blank] pp. Light mold stains. Dorothy Josey copy with her pencil coding.

Eberstadt 412. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 452

“An interesting decree issued in desperation over the shortage of men, ordering into service all men capable of bearing arms and setting up government depots for the provisioning of these new troops” (Eberstadt).

[3] Ministerio de Hacienda. Seccion 3[caption title]. [Mexico City, 1847]. Dated in type April 28, 1847. [5] [1, blank] pp. Unopened. Very fine.

Not in usual Mexican-American War sources.

Sets up an elaborate military commissary system, including forced contributions of foodstuffs, to fulfill the needs of the army. Santa-Anna complained that he had to abandon the Battle of Buena Vista in February of this year for lack of provisions.

[4] Ministerio de Guerra Y Marina. Seccion 4a. Dated in type June 5, 1847. Broadside. Very fine.

Garrett & Goodwin, p. 474. Streeter Sale 263.

States that members of the national guard may keep the weapons they have and threatens those who hide arms.

[5] Ministerio de Guerra y Marina. Seccion 5a. [Mexico City, 1847]. Dated in type July 1, 1847. [1] [3, blank] pp. Creased where formerly folded, but otherwise very fine.

Eberstadt 418. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 474.

“Using the expanded powers granted to him by the Congress, Santa-Anna decrees that there shall be re-established a coast guard at San Blas, where Mexico was constantly expecting a big attack by the Americans” (Eberstadt). San Blas was blockaded, and two Mexican ships were captured there in September, 1847. In January, 1848, the area was invaded but never occupied.

[6] Ministerio de Guerra y Marina. Seccion de operaciones [caption title]. [Mexico City, 1847]. Dated in type August 3, 1847. [3] [1, blank] pp. Very fine. On embossed paper.

Eberstadt 424 (misdating August 31). Garrett & Goodwin, p. 455. Streeter Sale 263.

States that if several classes of people, such as military men “de qualquiera graduacion que sea” and government officials, are voluntarily living in occupied territory they are to be considered traitors.

[7] Ministerio de Guerra y Marina. Seccion central—Mesa cuarta [caption title]. [Querétaro, 1847]. Dated in type December 1, 1847. [3] [1, blank] pp. Heavily chipped with some stains.

Later edition. Eberstadt 419.

“Another of the Mexican decrees urging deserters to re-enlist and giving them a certain time of grace to do so before they receive the most drastic punishments. Desertion was one of the great problems—on both sides” (Eberstadt).


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