The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 142
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Chihuahua. It will be under the command of "old Rough and
ready" and not of Wool. This will meet with the general aproba-
tion of the Reg't. The remainder of the 1st Reg. Illinois infantry,
leave for Parcelia [Presidio ?] on the Rio Grand tomorrow. The
2d follows in about ten days. I may go with the 2nd and some
oportunity will offer for my joining Taylor which I greatly prefer
to being under Wools command.
Sabbath Morning, 4th Oct. I have just returned from attend-
ing mass at the chapel of this town. I did not remain untill the
end of the service, for I'm yet very weak, and exposure in the sun
in my condition is very deleterious, - has in some few instances
proved fatal. With care, I will in a few days be well. I had this
morning a better opportunity of seeing and observing the inhabi-
tants of this town, than on any former occasion. The females,
(they ever deserve to be first mentioned) generally speaking, can
lay but little claim to the appelation of pretty, much less handsome,
at least according to my taste, and standard. I am an admirer of
the brunett yet never fancied very deep colours. They are full as
dark, except [a] few of pure Castillian descent, as are the northern
Indians of this Continent. The features and expression of coun-
tenance, in many instances, particularly among the females of the
lower class, are unmistakable evidences of their Indian origin.
But few have intellectual countenances. Their stature is gener-
ally below that of a medium in the northern and middle States, the
form symmetrical and well proportioned, hands and feet very small
-its full development in many approaching the voluptuious, the
temperament more vital than intellectual, the hair in most instances
very black smooth and glossy. A few are seen with gray or hazle
eyes, and auburn hair, but in these instances, I suppose a mixture
of American and north of Europe blood, their eyes are generally
very black and brilliant. The dress is purely American in style and
material, some times rich and costly, but always plain and simple,
white being the color most worn by both sexes, the only thing
that strikes a stranger as being peculiar in their costume, is their
never wearing a bonnet, or any other head dress, in stead of which,
when they go abroad a shawl is thrown over the head, and drawn
across the bosom where it is confined or held in the left hand con-
cealing the neck, bosom and shoulders, although altogether they are
more pleasing than prepossessing, if, such a distinction between
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