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ing as a regular instead of Volunteer, which service of all others is
least agreeable to the officer, the general impression here is that
the war will not last much longer & that it will not be necessary
to advance further into the country than Jalappa, at that place
we will remain some time in all probability, it is said to be the
most agreeable climate in all Mexico, it is usually spoken of by
the natives as the Heaven of Mexico Vera Cruz, the hell, Genl
Scott if he succeeds in taking that place will there remain until he
receives supplies for his army & additional forces, as the time of
several of the Volunteers Regts. expires in the course of two months
& their place I suppose will be filled up by these new regiments.
As I mentioned before, we are at the present moment encamped
on the plain to the South of Vera Cruz, within a quarter of a mile
of the city, resting after a most severe march to & from Alvarado,
which place to our great chagrin, on hearing of our approach
yealded, without fireing a gun, to a midshipman & four men, who
happened to enter the river in the boat, of a small war steamer;
he was much surprised as he approached the town to see a boat &
white flag, making for him with the Alcaldi, who surrendered
to him everything, Genl Quitman was there within 15 miles of the
town with 2,000 men, & when the news reached him, the very day
he arrived there, he was not a little mortifyed, it was more than
Comodore Perry & himself could bear with, who had entered into
an agreement with each other, that they both should make their
appearance at the same time & have all the credit to themselves,
but they were forestalled by one of inferior rank, & the. unfortunate
subaltern has been arrested to stand a court martial, some go as
far as to say that the despatches had actually been written, but of
that I know nothing, we made up for our disappointment as we
best could unfurled our banner & marched like heroes through the
deserted town, took up our quarters in the different houses, in
nearly all of which we found a number of Game Cocks, which in
the hurry of their departure they were obliged to leave behind
them. I am satisfied they found them not on their return, for
the ravenous Volunteers dispatched most of them, We were glad
to leave the place two days after, carrying with us a most astonish-
ing number of fleas, with which, this place like most other small
Mexican towns are infested, We were marched back in a deuce of a
hurry (why we know not), over a most abominable road, the sun
as hot as with us in July, & no shade or water, two days & a half
was the time, & the consequence was that many of our men were
knocked up by it, several of them are now very ill & no possibility
of their recovering (I speak of the regiment generally & do not
allude alone to our company). Our medical staff is a most in-
ferior one, not fit for the service, they are unaccustomed to hard
work, do not like to soil their hands, but perfer being either in
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