HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY, NATIONAL PALACE OF MEXICO, SEPT. 18, 1847. GENERAL ORDERS - No. 289
Published by Mexico City, 1847
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Broadside, 8 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. Tears in left edge and upper edge, not affecting text. Very good. A rare order issued by Gen. Winfield Scott, just a few days after he captured Mexico City. Following victories at Cerro Gordo, Contreras, Churubusco, and Molino del Rey, Scott fought the battle of Chapultepec, and victory there led to the capture of Mexico City. On September 17, Scott declared martial law in the Mexican capital, in order to ensure order and to protect the American troops as well as the Mexican citizenry and their property. In this order, dated September 18 and issued from the National Palace of Mexico, Scott distributes and quarters his army throughout the municipality, locating them near the strategic entry points to the city. He orders that no private house would be used to quarter American soldiers "until all suitable public buildings within the above ranges shall be first fully occupied," and orders that all officers be quartered with or near their troops. He also orders that the collection of customs duties by the civil authorities at the gates to the city should continue, unless modified by himself or Maj.- Gen. Quitman, "but supplies belonging to the Quartermaster's and Commissary's departments will at once be exempted from all duties." The order is signed in manuscript at the end by Winfield Scott's Assistant Adjutant General, H.L. Scott. Garrett locates the copy at the University of Texas at Arlington. No copies are listed on OCLC. Rare. GARRETT, p.391. Seller Inventory # WRCAM42041
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Title: HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY, NATIONAL PALACE OF...
Publisher: Mexico City
Publication Date: 1847
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