Item #3808 Extraordinario de Ahora [caption title]. Mexican-American War.

Extraordinario de Ahora [caption title]

[San Luis Potosi]: Ventura Carrillo, 1847. Broadside, approximately 12 x 8 inches. Minor wear at edges, and a couple of very small chips. Light, even tanning. Very good. Item #3808

A rare illustrated broadside published in San Luis Potosi that prints a pair of news dispatches written from San Miguel de Allende, detailing the Mexican army's recent reverses, including the Battle of Churubusco, which brought Winfield Scott's army to the gates of Mexico City. The first, dated August 24, 1847, discusses the losses of the battle, which had occured four days previously, and mentions the battalion of primarily Irish-American deserters to the Mexican Army, the San Patricios:

"Pero atacaron á Churubusco donde estaba el general Anaya con su brigada, compuesta de los batallones Hidalgo, Victoria, Independencia, Brovos y San Patricio: los dos primeros hicieron su retirada al mando de Terres, y el general Anaya quiso protegerlos con los demas cuerpos y fué cortado por el enemigo, quedando prisionero con su estado mayor y los que quedaron vivos."

The San Patricios made their last stand at Churubusco, and fifty of the few survivors who were captured were court-martialed and executed in the largest official mass execution in American history. The second news bulletin, dated August 27, details the approach of the US. Army to Mexico City and the attempts of Santa Anna to obtain a truce:

"Que el pueblo al saberlo se indignó mucho acusando casi publicamente á Santa-Anna de traicion; y que este temeroso de la grande agitacion que se manifestaba, queria desistar de dicho armisticio, sin embargo, parece que este llevó á efecto, no sé por qué motivo.-- Las fuerzas enemigas continuaban hasta el 23 en los puntos inmediatos á la Capital, en número de siete mil hombres.-- Una carta que acabo de recibir me dice lacónicamente lo siguente:-- 'Santa-Anna está en Palacio, las tropas en sus cuarteles, los yankees en las orillas, el Congreso no se reune.'"

Winfield Scott and his army entered Mexico City just over two weeks later, after a week-long siege. A direct, contemporary report on the collapse of Mexican forces around the capital and the despair of the city. OCLC locates one copy, at Yale; not in Palau.

Price: $2,000.00