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Scott’s Suspicions Confirmed



[MEXICO CITY, BATTLE OF]. ALCORTA, Lino José. ALs to the commanding general of the territory of Tlaxcala, Mexico City, September 6, 1847, written in secretarial hand but signed by Alcorta. 1-1/4 pages on Ministerio de Guerra y Marina stationery. Folio (33 x 22 cm). Creased where formerly folded with some loss at fold and worm tracks in left blank margin and other minor wormholes with no loss of text.

Alcorta states that an American attack is imminent but that Santa-Anna will never make concessions and has used the time of the armistice to prepare the army to repel the invaders. Scott had suspected that Santa-Anna was using the armistice to fortify Mexico City, and this letter would seem to confirm those suspicions. Written on the day Scott cancelled the armistice.

Alcorta (1794-1854) was a senior Mexican military officer who was close to Santa-Anna and counseled avoiding set-piece battles with American forces.


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