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Marines fighting in Mexico

Autograph Letter, 4 pages (I've scanned the first and last),
quarto, April 30, 1848, Head Quarters, S. Marine Battalion,
Alvarado, and reads in part:  “…You know that I have let pass
many opportunities of going to sea as Fleet Surgeon since I last
held that appointment, has it not been, then, and indulgence, a
favor, that I have been enabled of late years to be so much with
you & my family? & that I have not been kept abroad as fleet
surgeon?  I have so considered it and have been highly gratified
& am sure that you too have preferred it…I received orders
which placed me in the Army as Surgeon of the Marines & Med.
Div. Of the 4th Division of the Army in a campaign superior to
any recorded in history.  Not a surgeon in the Navy who does
not consider me as extremely fortunate in having been selected
for that duty.  After the Battle of Chepultepec & the Capture of
the City of Mexico, my name was honorably mentioned by the
commanding General of the 4th Division (Gen. Quitman) as
deserving all praise.  A large number of wounded & other
officers of the Army who left Mexico after its capture, before I
was aware of it wrote me a joint letter of thanks in behalf of the
sick & wounded for my services.  After the capture of Mexico -
at my own request , I left the army & rejoined the Navy & if I
had asked for sea service would no doubt had a F. Surg.
Appointment…if the Treaty is ratified by Mexico I may come
home soon…”  More.   $650.00