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The Beginnings of the War

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[TEXAS]. UNITED STATES. ARMY. Reports from General Taylor. Message from the President of the United States Transmitting Official Reports from General Taylor. June 12, 1846. [Washington, 1846]. [1] 2-37 [1, blank] pp., folding lithograph map by J.H. Eaton containing three maps of Mexican-American War operations on Texas soil on one large folding sheet: [1] Sketch of the Battle Ground at Palo Alto Texas. May 8th 1846....; [2] Sketch of the Battle Ground at Resaca de la Palma Texas May 9th 1846....; [3] Sketch of the Main Road from Fort Brown to Point Isabel, Showing the Battle Ground of the 8th and 9th May 1846.... 8vo (23 x 15 cm), modern brown cloth. Text lightly browned, map with two small tears, otherwise very good.

First edition (29th Congress, 1st session. House Executive Document 209). Garrett & Goodwin, pp. 416-417. Tutorow 1647.

Correspondence and reports from Taylor, Twiggs, May, and several others, with maps, charts, battle positions, and detailed lists of casualties. Within the text is a fourth wood-engraved map depicting the engagement near Matamoros. The report contains detailed battle reports of Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, and the bombardment of Fort Texas opposite Matamoros, including the death of Major Brown, for whom the fort was renamed. The four maps are highly detailed and very important. Two battles depicted on these maps were the first engagements of the war. Although written in dispassionate military language, the various reports give excellent details on the battles and the operations of smaller units. May’s report concerning his attack on the Mexican artillery and the capture of General de la Vega is particularly interesting (pp. 21-22).


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