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Only Known Copy of a Corpus Christi Bangs Imprint


TAYLOR, Zachary. Quartel general, Exercito de Ocupacion, Corpus Christi, 8 de marzo, de 1846. Orden, num. 30. [Corpus Christi: Samuel Bangs & George W. Fletcher, 1846]. Broadside: 29.5 x 20.2. Creased where formerly folded, minor expert fold repairs on verso, but otherwise very fine. With contemporary ink docket on verso. Rare. No other copies located.

First edition in Spanish. (An edition in English is in the Corpus Christi Gazette Extra published the same day.)

In this order, Taylor announces that his army will cross to the other side of the Rio Grande and promises that civilians will be well treated and respected and that any provisions provided for the army will be paid for “a los mejores precios.” Taylor expresses his confidence in his troops: “El General en Gefe, tiene la satisfaccion de decir, que tiene confianza en el patriotismo y la disciplina del Exercito bajo su mando, y esta seguro de que sus ordenes seran obedecidos con la mayor exactitud.” This publication is clearly aimed at reassuring civilians and was probably distributed in advance to the populace in the army’s path. The Gazette Extra for March 8 explains: “The orders of General Taylor (No. 30) have been printed in Spanish, and will be circulated among the Mexicans residing along the frontier. Nothing could have taken place better calculated to allay the fears and quiet the apprehensions of the residents along the border than the issuing of this order—explaining the objects of the American Army in advancing upon the frontier.”

The only known copy of this Samuel Bangs imprint from Corpus Christi; Bangs was also printing the Corpus Christi Gazette at the time and doing work for both the army and private individuals (see Jenkins 457-459). Despite Taylor’s March 8 order that nobody could follow the army, Corpus Christi quickly emptied out. At some point, Bangs packed up and resumed printing in Matamoros. The Gazette ceased publication on April 2.


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