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[UNITED STATES NAVY]. SEMMES, Raphael. Service Afloat and Ashore during the Mexican War. Cincinnati: Wm. H. Moore & Co., Publishers, 1851. [i-v]-vi, [7] 8-479 [1] pp., folding map (Battles of Mexico Survey of the Line of Operation of the U.S. Army.... 23.7 x 16 cm); 6 lithograph plates. 8vo (21 x 13.5 cm), new black cloth with gilt lettered spine. Some light waterstains in upper blank margin, otherwise a fine and clean copy. Signed presentation copy from Texas Navy Commodore E.W. Moore to H.G. Heartt.

First edition. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 129. Haferkorn, p. 74. Howes S288. Raines, pp. 184-185: “A critical history of Scott’s campaign. In Chapter III is a notice of Austin’s colonization in Texas, and of the causes of the Texan Revolution...with favorable notice of Commodore Moore and the Texan Navy.” Sabin 79083. Tutorow 3393: “The campaign of the army from Vera Cruz to Mexico is treated in the latter part.... During this campaign Semmes acted as aide-de-camp to General Worth.” The lithographs, some after Gualdi, are views of Castle of Chapultepec, Causeway of San Cosme—Worth’s Line of Operations, Pyramid of Cholula, Grand Plaza of Mexico, Xalapa, and natives of Puebla. Semmes states that he wrote this work to counter “the peurilities and puffings that have been bestowed upon the Mexican War” (p. vi).

Semmes (1809-1877) is best remembered as the captain of the Confederate commerce raider CSS Alabama.


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