By Frederick Zeh
quickly after emigrating from Germany to the us, Frederick Zeh hastily joined the military as warfare 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 from immigrant recruits.
even if Zeh held the lowly rank of "laborer" within the military, he used to be good proficient and an astute observer, and his tale is either energetic and good written. along with the horror of battles, he describes family members among officials and enlisted males, army punishment, and day by day lifestyles. he's strangely candid approximately abuses that happened within the American military and towards Mexican civilians.
The editors' creation provides 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 carrier.
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Extra resources for An Immigrant Soldier in the Mexican War (Elma Dill Russell Spencer Series in the West and Southwest, No 13)
Its weaponry consisted of four twenty-four-pounders. This time our position there was completely unprotected. Only a small undulating elevation of the terrain could afford us some protection, provided that we lay flat on the ground. With critical gaze I scrutinized our surroundings, as it seemed to me that our very existence depended upon the favorable selection of a campsite for the coming night. And in my view, I had found the right one. I had just finished all my preparations when the commanding officer, without further ado, Page 20 stated that he wanted my place.
To my delight, we soon were transferred to a small island with our field equipment and artillery. 18 Ecstatically I greeted solid ground, however dreary it might be. We pitched our tents and did what we could to make ourselves at home. Time passed quickly with rigorous drilling, and our forces were steeled by physical exertion because we had to haul the landing craft onto the beach as soon as they were lowered into the sea from the transport ships. Our nightly repose was often disturbed by alarm signals from our buglers.
A few moments later, we were in battle formation. The infantry advanced and occupied the nearest hills. Not a shot was fired, and, contrary to all expectations, the landing took place without the slightest bloodshed. Before long, darkness descended, and the disembarkation of the whole army, approximately twelve thousand men, was completed before midnightwithout mishap. 20 The enemy did not want to leave us completely unmolested, however. During the night, a powerful infantry division tried to take us by surprise and to drive us back into the sea, if possible.
An Immigrant Soldier in the Mexican War (Elma Dill Russell Spencer Series in the West and Southwest, No 13) by Frederick Zeh