By Frederick Zeh
quickly after emigrating from Germany to the U.S., Frederick Zeh all of a sudden joined the military as struggle 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, on condition that approximately part the usual military used to be made from immigrant recruits.
even though Zeh held the lowly rank of "laborer" within the military, he used to be good expert and an astute observer, and his tale is either energetic and good written. in addition to the horror of battles, he describes kinfolk 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' creation supplies biographical details on Zeh and units the level for the narrative. An epilogue lines the highlights of his actions within the half-century following his army provider.
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Extra info for An Immigrant Soldier in the Mexican War (Elma Dill Russell Spencer Series in the West and Southwest, No 13)
Orr and Robert Ryal Miller TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY PRESS College Station Page iv Copyright © 1995 by William J. 48-1984. Binding materials have been chosen for durability. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Zeh, Frederick, 1823- An immigrant soldier in the Mexican War / by Frederick Zeh ; translated by William J. Orr and edited by William J. 1st ed. p. (The Elma Dill Russell Spencer series in the West and Southwest ; no. 13) Originally published in Der Deutsche Pionier, a German- language periodical in Cincinnati, Ohio.
After a few days, the entire battery marched off around evening. Once more the night was pitch black, and our halting place was an open field, near which were located fortifications being excavated for a mortar battery. The enemy was very vigilant, and many a shot came whizzing past our ears. As if by magic, a blinding light coming from the fortress suddenly illuminated the entire area. Our finely polished howitzers glistened like gold. The Mexicans immediately discovered us. Bugle calls resonated from the besieged city, and a raging stream of fire showered down upon us from the most varied array of guns.
Then our army began surrounding the city. Our battery stayed along the beach to provide cover up to the sand hills bordering it. The infantry's march across the sandhills to encircle Veracruz was difficult indeed, especially as it was exposed to constant cannon fire from the fortress. During this march several were wounded, including a very young drummer whose arm was blown away. In a few days, the encirclement was completed; the entire line was about five miles long. Meanwhile, the field equipment had been unloaded from the ships, and we could arrange things at our convenience as conditions permitted.
An Immigrant Soldier in the Mexican War (Elma Dill Russell Spencer Series in the West and Southwest, No 13) by Frederick Zeh