The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935 Page: 37
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Fort McKavett, Texas
Eighth Infantry, who was killed at the battle of Monterey,
Mexico. He was gallantly leading his regiment in the advance
waving his sword over his head and calling his men to follow him,
while storming the enemy's fortifications, when he was shot Sep-
tember 21, 1846, by a cannon ball which literally severed him in
twain. He was a native of New York and a man who naturally
overcame difficulties. He was brought up and received his early
education in the Orphan Asylum of New York. His intelligence
was so marked, that he obtained an appointment to West Point and
was commissioned a brevet Second Lieutenant, Seventh Infantry,
July 1, 1834. He distinguished himself by his bravery at the
battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma, Texas, on May 8 and
9, 1846. He took part in the brilliant charge of General Belknap
in this latter battle and had his horse shot from under him while
leading his battalion and acting as field officer.
"We begin to see the trouble of moving an army in a foreign country.
We are necessitated to look to Mexicans for assistance, not only in giving
information of the country, but in furnishing the means of transporta-
tion, as well as the means of subsistence. The policy seems to be, to
bribe the people by kindness. They declare they would rather have such
a war than the peace they have been accustomed to; for our army never
disturbs them in their dwellings, and at the same time, by its wants and
demands, fills their pockets; whereas, when a Mexican force passes
through a town, notice is sent in advance, to have ready for them such
things as they may call for. If not furnished, the town is plundered;
and they never think of paying for supplies thus furnished. On the
other hand, if they find one individual in better circumstances than
others, they compel him to pay tribute, or break into his premises. This
deters many from seeking wealth, or, if they possess it, compels them to
"We are in sight of a beautiful range of mountains, a spur of the
Sierra Madre. After travelling over flat table-lands for such a length
of time, the sight of a mountain is very pleasant, and is a great relief
"We have the advantage of continued health; pure mountain springs
furnish clear, cool water, and the atmosphere is pure. We learn that it
is sickly on the Rio Grande, at Camargo and Matamoros, both of which
places have no troops-we may therefore esteem ourselves fortunate in
being marched to the interior, for now commences the season for sick-
ness in the country, and especially along large water-courses. The
mountains are said to be healthy the year round.
"Possibly, I may write you next from Monterey; but no one can fore-
see the result if our movement should be obstructed.
"Please remember me kindly to , and believe me,
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