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[MEXICAN ARMY]. MEXICO. LAWS (November 4, 1848). Ley de 4 de noviembre de 1848 sobre arreglo del ejercito, y disposiciones reglamentarias que dictó el gobierno para su cumplimiento. Mexico City: Imprenta de Vicente G. Torres, en el ex-convento del Espíritu Santo, 1848. [1-3] 4-16 pp. 8vo (21.5 x 15 4 cm), original pink printed wrappers, stitched. Spine moderately chipped, wrappers faded and slightly stained, wants upper right blank corners, interior with light scattered foxing. Rare. Only three copies on OCLC.

First edition.

This is an early attempt to rebuild and reorganize what was left of the Mexican armed forces after the war, which had ended only a few months earlier. Among regulations are that soldiers had to be between eighteen and forty years old at time of enlistment and that enlistment terms could be no less than six years for infantry, seven for the cavalry, and eight for the artillery, engineering, and navy. Various states are expected to contribute a certain number of men. Also laid out are regulations for flags, pay scales, and standard equipment issues. The armed forces were clearly building from the ground up.


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