By Frederick Zeh
quickly after emigrating from Germany to the USA, Frederick Zeh rapidly joined the military as battle with Mexico loomed. His written account is the 1st book-length description of the Mexican battle through a German-American participant—a major contribution, on condition that approximately part the typical military used to be made of immigrant recruits.
even though Zeh held the lowly rank of "laborer" within the military, he was once good informed and an astute observer, and his tale is either full of life and good written. along with the horror of battles, he describes relatives among officials and enlisted males, army punishment, and daily lifestyles. he's surprisingly candid approximately abuses that happened within the American military and towards Mexican civilians.
The editors' creation provides biographical info on Zeh and units the degree for the narrative. An epilogue strains the highlights of his actions within the half-century following his army provider.
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The following month, his battery took part in the bloody Battle of Cerro Gordo, which decimated General Santa Anna's Army of the East. In mid-August Zeh participated in the fierce battles of Contreras and Churubusco on the Page xvi outskirts of Mexico City. The next month he witnessed the final clashes at Molino del Rey and Chapultepec that preceded the occupation of the capital. Then he served in the occupation force that remained in Mexico City for almost nine months, until the end of May, 1848, when the peace treaty was ratified.
The United States, on the other hand, experienced a series of military triumphs which led eventually to the occupation of the Mexican capital. This was the first time in the nation's history when sizable forces fought on foreign soil, and they acquitted themselves honorably, even brilliantly. Territorial gains vastly increased the power and wealth of the United States. The Mexican War, however, was unpopular in many sectors of the United States; it aroused a strong domestic opposition whose leaders denounced the American invasion of Mexico as aggression and conquest.
An honest Swabian who had bagged the most chickens requested the honor of delivering them to the general. Safely back in camp, the jubilant chicken hunter rushed to the general's tent and, with beaming countenance, handed over the chickens. The general was delighted and asked what they cost. " "But I don't want to accept them without paying," the general replied. Our comrade solemnly objected to any kind of payment. Finally, the general asked how much he had paid for the chickens. The chicken hunter was thoroughly astonished at the presumption that he should pay anything for chickens in enemy territory.