Mexican Treacheries and Cruelties. Incidents and Sufferings in the Mexican War…
By a Volunteer Returned from the Wat (Allen, G.N.)
Hall's, 66 Cornhill, Boston, ( 1848), Boston and New York
(32) pp. b/w woodcuts.
With Accounts of Hardships Endured; Treacheries of the Mexicans; Battles Fought, and Success of American Arms; Also, and Account of Valiant Soldiers Fallen… Howes, who assigns an “aa” rating to this pamphlet, calls it “Reasonably uncommon; utterly worthless” – which may be true if you are looking for factual first-hand accounts of the Mexican War. However, as an early example of sensationalist, quasi-fictional reporting, it is of considerable interest. Titillating woodcut illustrations, such as “Fiendish Murder of a Catholic Priest” or, “Mexican Barbarity in Stripping the Americans Left Dead on the Battle Field” spice the content, as do reports of “unrestrained concubinage,” “Mexican Barbarity,” and “American Vengeance,” This is a series or wartime vignettes (including some naval action, such as the “Loss of the U.S., Brig Somers, and 39 Lives!”) intended to put the Americans and the war effort in the best possible light, while denigrating Mexicans and entertaining the reader. After citing as an example of “Mexican outrages against Americans” the mistreatment of an American prisoner of war, the author says, “Now, we put it to the friends of the Mexicans, and to the editors of the journals which take their part, and insist on terming them a wronged and injured people, whether this outrage alone was not sufficient cause for war…” This is the second printing, identical to the first of 1847. Bound in illustrated wrappers. Signature and small chip on front wrapper. A scarce Mexican War pamphlet in very good condition