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War & the Southwest #05: "Surrounded by Dangers of All Kinds": The Mexican War Letters of Lieutenant Theodore Laidley

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Lieutenant Theodore Laidley, whose army career spanned forty years until his retirement as a colonel in 1882, was a young officer during the Mexican War. Like so many of his fellow soldiers he wrote long letters home describing new and unusual sights and events.

Laidley landed at Veracruz on the Mexican coast in March 1847, and assisted in the reduction of that important port city. He commanded a field battery at Cerro Gordo as General Winfield Scott began his march into the interior of Mexico. The young lieutenant remained with the garrison at Puebla, where his actions were instrumental in denying that city to Santa Anna in a month-long siege in the fall of 1847. Upon his arrival in Mexico City and the victory there and ensuing treaty negotiations, Laidley explored ancient sites and followed the trails first laid by Cortez. On August 2, 1848, the military occupation of Mexico ended and Laidley, now a Brevet Major, returned to the United States. His letters home to his father in Virginia begin on August 23, 1945 (from Watervliet Arsenal, New York) and end on May 13, 1848 (from Mexico City). They reveal the horrors of the battlefield, his low opinion of volunteer soldiers, the jealousy over promotions within the officer corps, and continued concerns over his own physical and spiritual health.

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As a young army officer during the War with Mexico, Laidley commanded a field battery at Cerro Gordo and was instrumental in defending Pueblo against Santa Anna. His war letters to his father from 1845-48 reveal his low opinion of volunteer soldiers, cynicism about military promotions, and concerns over his physical and spiritual health. McCaffrey (history, U. of Houston) leaves Laidley's spelling and grammar intact, but introduces paragraph breaks. He briefly discusses the officer's life before and after the war.
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Lieutenant Theodore Laidley, a West Point graduate whose army career spanned forty years until his retirement as a colonel in 1882, was a young officer during the Mexican War. Like so many of his fellow soldiers he wrote long letters home describing new and unusual sights and events. His letters home to his father in Virginia begin on August 23, 1845 (from Watervliet Arsenal, New York) and end on May 13, 1848 (from Mexico City). They reveal the horrors of the battlefield, his low opinion of volunteer soldiers, the jealousy over promotions within the officer corps, and continued concerns over his own physical and spiritual health.

About the Author

James M. McCaffrey is an associate professor of history at the University of Houston-Downtown. His previous books include This Band of Heroes: Granburyand#8217;s Texas Brigade, C.S.A.; Army of Manifest Destiny: The American Soldier in the Mexican War, 1846and#150;1848; with John F. Kinney, Wake Island Pilot: A World War II Memoir.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781574410341
Editor:
McCaffrey, James M.
Author:
Laidley, Theodore
Editor:
McCaffrey, James M.
Author:
McCaffrey, James M.
Publisher:
University of North Texas Press
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Military
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Soldiers
Subject:
Mexican war, 1846-1848
Subject:
Laidley, Theodore - Correspondence
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Biography-Military
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
War & the Southwest Series
Series Volume:
05
Publication Date:
19971131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 photo. 2 illus.
Pages:
185
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.16 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Lieutenant Theodore Laidley, a West Point graduate whose army career spanned forty years until his retirement as a colonel in 1882, was a young officer during the Mexican War. Like so many of his fellow soldiers he wrote long letters home describing new and unusual sights and events. His letters home to his father in Virginia begin on August 23, 1845 (from Watervliet Arsenal, New York) and end on May 13, 1848 (from Mexico City). They reveal the horrors of the battlefield, his low opinion of volunteer soldiers, the jealousy over promotions within the officer corps, and continued concerns over his own physical and spiritual health.
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