The Mexican War, by an English Soldier: Comprising Incidents and Adventures in the United States and Mexico with the American Army

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A. A. Townsend, 1860 - Mexican War, 1846-1848 - 288 pages

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Page 93 - tis said, when all were fired, Filled with fury, rapt, inspired. From the supporting myrtles round They snatched her instruments of sound, And, as they oft had heard apart, Sweet lessons of her forceful art, Each (for madness ruled the hour,) Would prove his own expressive power.
Page 26 - Thw is principally owing to the conviction that they are not treated justly. No great amount of logic is required to perceive that a contract to be binding must bind both parties ; but it would take a good deal to convince the soldier, that he is bound to observe an oath which he has taken under certain implied conditions, which he finds are not observed.
Page 245 - Come, all Yankee soldiers, give ear to my song, It is a short ditty, 'twill not keep you long ; It's of no use to fret on account of our luck, We can laugh, drink, and sing yet in spite of the back. Derry down, ic. " Sergeant, buck him, and gag him...
Page 245 - A poor soldier's tied up in the sun or the rain With a gag in his mouth till he's tortured with pain; Why, I'm blest! if the eagle we wear on our flag In its claws shouldn't carry a buck and a gag. Chorus.
Page 254 - Churubuaco, two or three attempts of the Mexicans to hoist a white flag having been frustrated by some of them, who killed the Mexicans attempting to display it. The large number of officers killed in the affair was also ascribed to them, as for the gratification of their revenge they aimed at no other objects during the engagement. In the evening our battery moved to Churubusco, and next day we were sent along with our division to a small village called Miscoac, about two miles from Churubusco,...
Page 269 - ... souls, who have no permanent place of abode, and no ostensible means of gaining a livelihood. After passing the night sometimes under cover, sometimes in the open air...
Page 102 - ... them at various times accepted the terms offered by the government of the States, and were transported to a tract of land called the Indian Territory, lying between Arkansas and the Rocky Mountains. Those who refused to leave, and who were finally permitted to remain in a portion of Florida defined by certain boundaries, have been variously estimated at from three to five hundred warriors. But as they have almost no intercourse with the inhabitants, white men not being suffered to approach their...
Page 253 - ... carried into execution in presence of a portion of the troops shortly before we entered the city. I sincerely pitied these poor fellows, many of whom I had reason to believe had been driven to the foolish step they had taken by harsh and cruel usage, operating on a sensitive and excitable temperament. The barbarous treatment which soldiers sometimes received from ignorant and brutal officers, and non-commissioned officers, on that campaign, were I to relate it in minute detail, would seem almost...

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