The People's Life of General Zachary Taylor; The Hero of Palo Alto, Monterey, and Buena Vista with Numerous Illustrative Anecdotes. Also, a Biography

The People's Life of General Zachary Taylor; The Hero of Palo Alto, Monterey, and Buena Vista with Numerous Illustrative Anecdotes. Also, a Biography

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ...uniting to indomitable courage the great advantages of exact military knowledge, the result of long experience. After the wound of Major Brown, the command of the fort devolved upon Captain Hawkins, of the 7th infantry. Large parties of mounted Mexican infantry were now seen in the rear of the fort, and the impression was that, having cannonaded the fort so long, the enemy were now about to attempt it by assault. These parties were scattered with canister, but a shower of shells followed for an hour or two. A parley was then sounded by the assailants, and a white flag displayed. Two Mexican officers advanced, and were received by two Americans, who bore to Captain Hawkins a communication from General Arista. The Mexican commander assured the Americans that General Taylor could not reach them to give them succour; and that in one hour's time, if they did not surrender, they would be put to the sword. He begged them, therefore, for humanity's sake, to surrender. After a brief consultation, at which the officers were unanimous in their determination to defend the place to the death, the following answer was returned to the summons of Arista: Head-quarters, United States Forces, " Near Matamoras, May 6, 1846, 3 o'clock, P. M. _) Sir: --Your humane communication has just been' received, and after the consideration due to its importance, I must respectfully decline to surrender my forces to you. The exact purport of your despatch I cannot feel confident that I understand, as my interpreter is not skilled in your language; but if I have understood you correctly, you have my reply above. I am, sir, respectfully, Your obedient servant, E. S. HAWKINS, Commanding U. S. forces opposite Matamoras. General M. Arista, Commanding Division of the North. When this...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236659465
  • 9781236659460