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Author Curtis, Samuel Ryan, 1805-1866.

Title Mexico under fire : being the diary of Samuel Ryan Curtis, 3rd Ohio Volunteer Regiment, during the American military occupation of northern Mexico, 1846-1847 / edited and annotated by Joseph E. Chance
Published Fort Worth : Texas Christian University Press, [1994]
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 307 pages) : illustrations, maps
Summary Colonel Samuel Ryan Curtis, engineer, lawyer, and graduate of West Point, arrived in Mexico in July of 1846 as commander of the 3rd Ohio Volunteer Regiment to find a volatile and chaotic situation in occupied towns along the Rio Grande. American civilians of the lowest sort - men and women - mingled with Mexican townspeople, robbing, murdering, and raping. Neither civil nor military law made provisions for governing municipalities under such conditions. Nor was the U.S. military prepared for a struggle against Mexican guerrilla forces and desperate bandits. Colonel Curtis was a diary keeper, and this record of his experiences in Mexico gives a clear picture of his efforts to restore and maintain order under nearly impossible conditions: of death and suffering in his regiment from disease, not fighting, and of the tedium of army camp life. A reflective man as well as an educated one, Curtis was a keen observer. He documented social and economic circumstances, flora and fauna, and the weather, even as he chronicled political conditions and martial unrest. The resulting diary is a major contribution to studies of the Mexican War
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-295) and index
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Subject Curtis, Samuel Ryan, 1805-1866 -- Diaries.
United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 3rd (1846-1847)
Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Personal narratives, American.
Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Campaigns -- Mexico.
Soldiers -- Ohio -- Diaries.
Genre/Form Diaries.
Personal narratives
Personal narratives.
Form Electronic book
Author Chance, Joseph E., 1940-
ISBN 0585361185 (electronic bk.)
9780585361185 (electronic bk.)