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The Loss at Palo Alto

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[TEXAS]. LÓPEZ URAGA, José. Sumaria mandada formar a pedimento del Sr. Coronel del 4o. regimento de infanteria de linea D. José Lopez Uraga, en la que se comprueba la conducta militar que observó en las acciones de guerra dadas á las tropas de los Estados Unidos los dias 8 y 9 de mayo, en los puntos de Palo Alto y Resaca de Guerrero. Mexico City: Imprenta de Juan de Navarro, Calle de Chiquis N. 6, 1846. [1-3] 4-40 pp. 8vo (22 x 12.5 cm), original printed wrappers, stitched. Upper wrapper torn at bottom with loss of some ornaments and lightly spotted, lower portion of spine wanting, title page slightly soiled.

First edition. Connor & Faulk 198. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 140. Tutorow 3441.

An important discussion primarily of the Battle of Palo Alto, wherein a periodical called El Mosquito Mexicano impugned López Uraga’s conduct at the battle and basically stated the battle was lost because of his cowardice. This refutation of that charge is composed of various documents and statements defending him. In brief, the documents state that López Uraga’s 4th Infantry, which was on the left side of the line, was decimated and that only the commander and a few of his troops escaped with their flag. The piece concludes with another statement by the editors of the now defunct periodical regretting that they published the attack, stating it was based on a report they received. López Uraga went on to command La Tenería at the Battle of Monterrey.


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