Guatemala: Imprenta de la Union, 1828. 22pp. Folio. Self-wrappers, stitched as issued. Light chipping to spine; a few spots of worming to outer leaves, not affecting text. Self-wraps with some light foxing and dampstaining; a bit of dust soiling internally. About very good. Item #1514
An extremely scarce Guatemalan imprint, comprising an account of the battle for the city of Mejicanos, just outside of San Salvador, during the First Central American Civil War, which lasted from 1826 to 1829. The latter stages of the war were fought principally in El Salvador by the entrenched government supported by Guatemala and the liberal opposition, supported by the rest of Latin America. The present account was written by Colonel Manuel Montufar and his officers who were in charge of the government's defense of Mejicanos, and it describes how the city was surrounded and finally taken by the Salvadoran forces loyal to Francisco Morazán, the liberal general, on September 20, 1828. It is signed in print at the end, "Los Oficiales de la guarnición de Mejicanos," and was composed and published after they completed their retreat to Guatemala. The liberal victories at Mejicanos and San Salvador were preludes to capitulation of the government forces in Guatemala and the end of the war the following year. A rare account of a critical episode in this conflict between the countries of the short-lived Federal Republic of Central America. OCLC locates two copies, at the Library of Congress and the University of Texas.