The Resource David Gray Mexican War papers, (manuscript)

David Gray Mexican War papers, (manuscript)

David Gray Mexican War papers, 1837-1849, 1909-1910
David Gray Mexican War papers
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1837-1849, 1909-1910
Title variation
Mexican-American war letters
  • Gray writes from Richmond, Fortress Monroe, and Old Point Comfort, Va., the transport vessel "Exact," Brazos Santiago, Camargo, Monterrey, Buena Vista, Agua Nueva, Encantada, Paros, Saltillo, and China, Mexico. Subjects include recruitment of volunteers; life and drilling at Fortress Monroe; voyage to Texas; battle rumors; the Mexican countryside; illnesses and deaths from disease; resignation from the Virginia Volunteers and service with the Texas Rangers. There are constant references to the misery of the soldiers in face of dust, lice, fleas, heat, reptiles, and rotten food
  • Topics include a soldier reduced to servant for lack of upper teeth necessary to chew off the top of a cartridge; troubles with pay; officer misconduct in Virginia and Mexico; uniforms; presentation of flag by Governor Smith; General Wool's refusal to accept substitutes; favoritism in promotions; town of Monterrey; Cordillera Mountains; Mexican slave soldiers guarding silver mines; regret that the men under Scott are doing all the fighting; chasing Mexican general Miñón; dislike of John F. Hamtramck and Jubal Early; wretched lives of Mexican "peons"; hunting robbers near Potosi; fighting Commanches near Aqua Nueva and Castanuela, the former in a battle led by Ranger Major Walter P. Lane; serving as judge in a trial of prisoners in Encarnación; confiscation of a guerilla's hacienda west of Saltillo; executions of volunteers and Mexicans for murder and other crimes; revenue (tax collecting) guard duty in Saltillo; countryside on route to Buena Vista; and rumors of peace
  • Correspondence of Gray Silver and Mary Llewellyn Silver with various government departments, 1909-1910, attempt to trace Gray's whereabouts after the war
  • The collection also contains two indentures for land sales, 1837, 1839; a summons, 1840; a receipt, 1836; and a letter, 1849, Adam Klein to Gray pertaining to Gray's land in Clemont County, Ohio
Biographical or historical data
Soldier in the Mexican War from Berkeley County, Va. Served in the 1st Regiment Virginia Volunteers and the Texas Mounted Volunteers.
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David Gray Mexican War papers, (manuscript)
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