Auction 97, Lot 237

"Battle of El Molino del Rey, Sketch of the operations of the 1st Division, U.S. Army under the command of Gen. Worth on the 8th of September, 1847", U.S. War Department

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1848 (circa)

Publication: Senate Ex. Doc. 130th Cong., 1st Session

Color: Black & White

Size:
19.5 x 12.7 inches
49.5 x 32.3 cm

A temporary armistice between Mexican President Santa Anna and commanding General Scott that arranged for a treaty of surrender had broken down and Gen. Scott decided to make a final effort to capture Mexico City. This map shows details of the first operation against El Molino del Rey and began early on September 8th. The map and indexed legend locates the positions of 11 different groups during the battle. A simultaneous attack was made against Casa de Mata. By 09.00 the battle was over and the Mexicans soundly defeated, but only after a hard fought action with severe casualties on both sides.
According to General Winfield Scott's official report to William Marcy, Secretary of War, Molinos del Rey was a mill that contained a cannon foundry. It had a large deposit of powder nearby and many church bells had recently been delivered to be cast into guns, which hastened his resolve "to seize the powder, and to destroy the foundry."

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Condition: B

A few foxing spots. Folding, as issued.

Estimate: $60 - $80

Sold for: $55

Closed on 12/5/2001

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