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.