Mexico: American Star Print. 1848. Oblong 4to. pp. Errata slip pasted to verso of title page, listing "Names Accidentally Omitted," including that of 2d Lt. G.B. McClellan. Map, entitled 'Battles of Mexico... Made by Major Turnbull, Captain McClellan..." Slip laid in concerning "1st Lieut. Andrew I. Williamson, 3d Infantry." Original printed wrappers, stitched as issued. Persistent chip at blank lower corner of all leaves, but text unaffected. Very Good. Contemporary ownership inscription, "Geo. C. Westcott | U.S. Army" on front wrapper.
"Printed on the occupying army's own press" [Howes]. The text consists of a list, in tabular format, of officers' "names and corps," dates "when and where employed," and a column of "Remarks," with information on the officer's fate: sick, "mortally wounded," "seriously wounded" during August and September . Many officers are listed who later served in the Civil War, such as Robt. E. Lee ("wounded at Chapultepec"), Grant, Beauregard, Gordon, Ewell, Pemberton, Buckner, Longstreet, Winder, Magruder, Pillow, future President Franklin Pierce, and others. The inside back cover has an "extract" of Scott's report summarizing his losses, and the extent of his victory over the opposing Mexican army.
This copy belonged to Brevet Captain George Clinton Westcott, who "joined his regiment at Vera Cruz, under the command of General Scott. He remained with that division of the army and participated in the subsequent battles occurring on the march to Mexico; and at Chepultepec, although then belonging to the staff, he volunteered as one of the forlorn hope in the attack on that citadel, and was brevetted a captain for his gallant and distinguished conduct." [CHARLOTTE S. WESTCOTT, 33d Cong., 1st Sess. HR Rep. 162. 1854]. His entry in this book is with his comrades of the 2d Infantry, remarking, "With stormers on the 13th Sept. Wounded at Contreras."
Howes S243'aa'.106 Eberstadt 212. Sabin 56771. Item #35450