By Frederick Zeh
quickly after emigrating from Germany to the USA, Frederick Zeh swiftly joined the military as warfare with Mexico loomed. His written account is the 1st book-length description of the Mexican battle by way of a German-American participant—a major contribution, on condition that approximately part the normal military was once made of immigrant recruits.
even if Zeh held the lowly rank of "laborer" within the military, he used to be good expert and an astute observer, and his tale is either vigorous and good written. in addition to the horror of battles, he describes family members among officials and enlisted males, army punishment, and daily lifestyles. he's strangely candid approximately abuses that happened within the American military and towards Mexican civilians.
The editors' advent supplies biographical info on Zeh and units the level for the narrative. An epilogue strains the highlights of his actions within the half-century following his army provider.
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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)
Above all, he was better educated than most German immigrants of that era. One wonders why he left his homeland at all. With his family background Page xiii and education, he probably could have found a secure if unexciting niche in commerce or government in his native city. Perhaps family conflicts, an unhappy romance, or an innate wanderlust, so evident once he reached America, moved him to this fateful decision. In the mid-nineteenth century, North America was more hospitable to the sturdy farmer or skilled craftsman than to the liberally educated tradesman.
Orr and Edited by William J. Orr and Robert Ryal Miller TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY PRESS College Station Page iv Copyright © 1995 by William J. 48-1984. Binding materials have been chosen for durability. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Zeh, Frederick, 1823- An immigrant soldier in the Mexican War / by Frederick Zeh ; translated by William J. Orr and edited by William J. 1st ed. p. (The Elma Dill Russell Spencer series in the West and Southwest ; no. 13) Originally published in Der Deutsche Pionier, a German- language periodical in Cincinnati, Ohio.
But as far as hea former Baden dragoonwas concerned, it would be fine if the whole campaign could be carried out aboard ship, because there was not much that needed to be done; there was time to relax and adequate food and drink; and one kept on receiving pay. Generally the health of the entire group was quite satisfactory, and in high spirits we neared our voyage's destination. It was a stormy day and the sea was very high as Veracruz and the fort San Juan de Ulúa came into view. Here the sea is extremely treacherous.
An Immigrant Soldier in the Mexican War (Elma Dill Russell Spencer Series in the West and Southwest, No 13) by Frederick Zeh