[Mexico City: 1847]. 5-1/2" x 8". 6pp. Disbound, lightly toned. Signed in ink by H.L. Scott, A.A.A.G., "By command of Major-General Scott." Ink notation at head of first page, "See W.D.G.O. 21 of 1848." Very Good.
The issue concerned "the removal of two small howitzers, on the 14th of September, from Chapultepec." They had been under the command of Major General Gideon Pillow, a Tennessee lawyer who was a close friend of President Polk. The howitzers were found, as Pillow states, "in my own baggage wagon." Hints and innuendo suggested that Pillow had deliberately taken them. Insisting that "this was done without my knowledge or authority," Pillow requested a Court of Inquiry, which vindicates Pillow. "It does not appear that Major-General Pillow had any information of the actual fact, that the howitzers were in the city of Mexico, until the evening of October 8, subsequent to the order of the General-in-Chief, in relation to trophies, etc., when, and subsequently, he seems to have used all proper measures to have them restored." Item #35511