By Frederick Zeh
quickly after emigrating from Germany to the USA, Frederick Zeh hastily joined the military as warfare with Mexico loomed. His written account is the 1st book-length description of the Mexican conflict via 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 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 surprisingly candid approximately abuses that happened within the American military and towards Mexican civilians.
The editors' advent 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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His outfit was composed of about one hundred enlisted men commanded by three officers: Capt. George Henry Talcott, 1st Lt. Franklin Dyer Callender, and 2d Lt. Jesse Reno. As Zeh's rank was "laborer," his duties involved maneuvering the heavy field pieces and their ammunition. Made of bronze, each of the twelve-pounder mountain howitzers (short-barreled cannons) weighed about eight hundred pounds. The weapons and their two-wheeled carriages were moved by multiple teams of horses, which also pulled the caissons and limbers loaded with ammunition chests.
Our nightly repose was often disturbed by alarm signals from our buglers. The purpose was to train us to form companies quickly at night. A week later we were again brought on board our ship. With splendid weather and a sea smooth as a mirror, we sailed straight to Veracruz. Right behind Sacrificios Island19 were two English, two Spanish, and two French warships, and our ship cast anchor right next to them. Soon afterward, our eyes were treated to an enchanting sight: our entire fleet, which Page 10 had sailed ahead of us, was advancing.
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. 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.