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The Evacuation of Tampico

<p>Upper wrapper</p>


[TAMPICO]. PARRODI, Anastasio. Vindicacion del general Parrodi. San Luis Potosí: Imprenta del Estado, á cargo de V. Carrillo, 1847 [wrapper title]. [3] 4-17 [1, blank] pp. 8vo (20.5 x 14.5 am), original printed wrappers, stitched. Very fine. Rare. Only four copies on OCLC.

First edition. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 166: “This item is in response to a newspaper article attacking Parrodi by Col. Ignacio Muñoz and contains reports from various officials defending Parrodi’s evacuation of Tampico during the war.”

Anastasio Parrodi had strengthened the city’s defenses and had 1,200 men at his command. Santa-Anna ordered Parrodi to abandon the port on October 26, 1846, and join his forces for the anticipated battle with Taylor’s forces. He was replaced during the retreat by José Urrea. Santa-Anna was, however, enraged that Parrodi had abandoned valuable military equipment during his evacuation, and unsuccessfully court-martialed him over the affair. U.S. forces occupied the city without resistance shortly thereafter. This publication relates to the criticisms of Parrodi’s evacuation.

Curiously, one of the things Parrodi got rid of was “la imprenta” (pp. 13-14), suggesting that his force had its own press.


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