Benson J. Lossing collection  1850-1904 (bulk 1850-1891)
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Volume   1  
Thomas J. Barclay journal,  1846 December 30-1848 March 2 [series]:
 
 1846 December [subseries]:
 
Leaving Greensburg, Pa.
 
Company election of officers
 
 1847 January [subseries]:
 
Muster and medical inspection; election of field officers
 
Trip down Ohio and Mississippi Rivers
 
Amusements and life aboard boat
 
Description of New Orleans
 
Slavery
 
Site of Battle of New Orleans
 
New Orleans citizens' complaints against military personnel
 
 1847 February [subseries]:
 
Travel in Gulf of Mexico; violent storm
 
Description of ship's crew
 
Anchor off Lobos Island; description of Island
 
Washington's Birthday celebration on Island
 
 1847 March [subseries]:
 
Setting sail for Vera Cruz; smallpox
 
John White Geary (1819-73) first mentioned
 
View of Vera Cruz; attack on city and occupation
 
Camp set up on a plain outside city
 
 1847 April [subseries]:
 
Description of Vera Cruz and its castle
 
March with Winfield Scott (1796-1866) to Cerro Gordo
 
Battle of Cerro Gordo
 
March to Jalapa; description of city
 
Camping without tents in the rain
 
Military relations with civilians
 
 1847 May [subseries]:
 
Catholic church in Mexico
 
Sanitary conditions in camp
 
Horrible hospital conditions
 
Public whipping of soldiers convicted of robbery, superintended by Gen. Thomas Childs (1796-1853); reflections on what is a "just" punishment
 
Gen. Childs' strictness
 
Childs forces army to participate in a Roman Catholic rite
 
 1847 June [subseries]:
 
Liquor-drinking vs. the Temperance pledge
 
Leave Jalapa with  3000 men on March
 
Description of Castle of Perote, now used as hospital
 
Childs' proficiency in organizing March ; good description of Childs
 
 1847 July [subseries]:
 
Muster under Lt. Col. Geary
 
Foul food provisions
 
Fourth of July reflections
 
March continues through farmland, under command of Gen. Gideon Johnson Pillow (1806-1878)
 
Arrival at and description of Puebla; grandeur of Cathedral
 
 1847 August [subseries]:
 
Hopes for peace vanish; advance begins on Mexico City
 
Battles of Contreras and Churubusco
 
Apathy of Mexican prisoners
 
Armistice of Tacubaya, immediately broken by civilians
 
 1847 September [subseries]:
 
March towards Mexico City; Battle of Chapultepec
 
Barclay's gladness at execution of 16 deserters
 
Capture of Mexico City (excellent and exhaustive account) "The United States in the present war has shown a forbearance and chivalrous spirit highly honorable"
 
Description of Mexico City and its grand Cathedral
 
Catholicism but a veneer on pagan Mexicans
 
 1847 October [subseries]:
 
Tobacco rations
 
Camp life while in occupation of City: diversions, amusements
 
National theater Circus and Museum
 
"Pulque"--native juice extract used as beverage
 
 1847 November [subseries]:
 
Election for Colonel: Geary wins in a vicious, underhanded campaign
 
Public whipping of would-be murderer
 
Mexican gypsies
 
Spanish actress, Canete, gives a performance
 
 1847 December [subseries]:
 
March to Tacuhuya; description of San Angel
 
Liquor rations to officers only; bootlegging begins Christmas celebration
 
Company E avoids receiving horrible new recruits
 
 1848 January-March [subseries]:
 
Affairs of occupation are detailed
 
Reflections on Battle of Churubusco, which was disastrous in U.S. loss of troops
 
Preparations for leaving service