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Enticing Deserters


[SAN PATRICIOS]. AMPUDIA, Pedro de. Cuerpo de Ejercito del Norte. General en Jefe. Circular. [Monterrey, 1846]. Dated in type September 15, 1846. [4] pp. 12mo (18 x 16.2 cm), folded sheet. With contemporary ink number 33 at upper center.

First edition. Harper 12:252 (mistakenly stating that this is the inducement document).

Refers to an English proclamation, not present, urging United States troops to desert to the Mexican cause. The present document sets up conditions for those deserters, including means to verify that they are sincere and not spies, and giving instructions on what to do with people found dubious. The English document was possible because American troops were within days of Monterrey. The San Patricios fought as artillerists at Monterrey and under the general terms of the surrender were allowed to depart with the Mexican army.


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