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Canalizo to the Rescue

Too Little Too Late


[VERACRUZ, BATTLE OF]. CANALIZO, Valentín. El General de Division Valentin Canalizo a las tropas del ejercito de su mando. [Xalapa, 1847]. Dated in type March 29, 1847. Broadside: 31.5 x 21.5 cm. Creased where formerly folded, right margin with minor tears, otherwise fine. With later ink stamp 81 in upper right corner. Very rare. No copies on OCLC.

First edition. Not in usual Mexican-American War sources.

One of the most ironic publications of the war. Canalizo announces he has assumed command of the Army of the East and that 2,000 troops are coming at double-time from Puebla and the Army of the North (long since defeated) to relieve Veracruz. He ends with a laudatory statement about Santa-Anna, who is trying to “unir á todos los Megicanos bajo la bandera de la concordia y de procurar los recursos necesarios al Ejército.”

Of course, no reinforcements were ever sent to Veracruz, which had surrendered two days prior to this publication and in fact on this very day Mexican troops were marching out of the city.


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