New PDF release: An Immigrant Soldier in the Mexican War (Elma Dill Russell
By Frederick Zeh
quickly after emigrating from Germany to the U.S., Frederick Zeh rapidly joined the military as battle with Mexico loomed. His written account is the 1st book-length description of the Mexican battle by way of a German-American participant—a major contribution, provided that approximately part the average military was once made from immigrant recruits.
even if Zeh held the lowly rank of "laborer" within the military, he was once good knowledgeable and an astute observer, and his tale is either energetic and good written. in addition to the horror of battles, he describes family members among officials and enlisted males, army punishment, and day by day existence. he's strangely candid approximately abuses that happened within the American military and towards Mexican civilians.
The editors' advent provides biographical details on Zeh and units the degree for the narrative. An epilogue strains the highlights of his actions within the half-century following his army carrier.
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Extra resources for An Immigrant Soldier in the Mexican War (Elma Dill Russell Spencer Series in the West and Southwest, No 13)
These changes should enhance the readability of the narrative, making it more accessible to a modern audience. As the reader will see, Zeh employed a vivid and compelling prose in compiling his recollections of the war. His colorful descriptions of people, places, and incidents enable us to participate vicariously in his memorable experiences in Mexico. Page 3 1 From Philadelphia to Veracruz Toward the end of 1846, when Frederick Zeh enlisted in the United States Army, the Mexican War had been going on for seven months.
Includes bibliographical references. ) 1. Zeh, Frederick, 1823- . 2. Mexican War, 1846-1848 Personal narratives, German American. 3. Mexican War, 1846-1848Participation, German American. 4. German AmericansBiography. I. Orr, William J. II. Miller, Rob- ert Ryal. III. Title. IV. Series. Orr (1914 1973) Father and Colleague Page vii Contents List of Illustrations ix Editors' Introduction xi Chapters 1. From Philadelphia to Veracruz 3 2. The Siege and Surrender of Veracruz 12 3. March Inland and the Battle of Cerro Gordo 24 4.
They were posted more to the rear and gave us considerable cause for mirth. Thus, whenever fresh relief units of infantry crossed the parallel, and the batteries in the rear, after pausing, opened fire, the new arrivals usually flung themselves to the ground for fright, fearful of impending peril; for the explosions were powerful. The officers, too, were not always steady when faced with bombs, as the following example will illustrate. A major very cautiously and anxiously stepped forward through the parallel, crouched down, finding himself right at the spot where it intersected an elevated area, when a huge ball landed in front of him with such impact that the major, covered with dirt, fell to the ground.
An Immigrant Soldier in the Mexican War (Elma Dill Russell Spencer Series in the West and Southwest, No 13) by Frederick Zeh