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Freedom of Expression—to a Point

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[MONTGOMERY, SAMUEL H.]. UNITED STATES. ARMY. Headquarters Army of Mexico, Mexico, February 25, 1848. Orders No. 14. [1] 2-4 pp. 12mo (20.2 x 14 cm), conjugate leaves. Disbound, left margin with several small holes, some voids in the gutter margin. Otherwise, very good. Signed by Lorenzo Thomas.

First edition in English. Eberstadt, p. 75. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 406.

Concerns the court martial of Captain Samuel H. Montgomery for allowing something he wrote to make its way into the press and to be published in the Pennsylvania Argus on October 15, 1847. The article was critical of Scott’s truce with Santa-Anna during the Battle of Mexico City and of the performance of the officers of the 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment during the battle. Montgomery was cleared of most charges but found guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman because the article “contained misstatements of facts, and perversion of truth, to the detriment of the officers of the 2d Pennsylvania Regiment,” which resulted in his dismissal from the Army.


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