MEXICAN WAR ALS FROM U.S. ARMY ADJT. ROGER STONE TO GENERAL WILLIAM WORTH

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Dated Washington, Nov. 16, 1847. 1 pp., in ink, with reverse page endorsement. Exhibits fold-marks, with two points of fold-line chipping. Else VG plus, and entirely legible.

Brevet Brig. Gen. Roger Stone was the longest serving Adjutant General of the U.S. Army [1825-52]. General William Worth was an eminent soldier of the day, who had been lamed at Lundy’s Lane during the War of 1812 and had performed well during the Seminole Wars and been prominent during a number of Mexican War battles under General Taylor and Scott. Worth was the American officer who climbed to the roof of the National Palace and took down the Mexican flag replacing it with the Stars and Stripes. For his service at the Battle of Chapultepec, the U.S. Congress awarded him a sword of honor.

In this letter, Adjutant Stone writes an introduction for navy lieutenant Maynard and a contingent of Naval Artillerists soon to U.S. Army forces in Mexico, while conveying his congratulations for American successes in Mexico.

Text:

My Dear General/ I take pleasure in presenting this letter of introduction to Lieut. Maynard of the Navy, who, by an arrangement between the two

Departments, is about to join the Army for service in the field. Lieut. Maynard I understand, with a detachment of officers and men from the Gulf Squadron, will organize a company of practical artillerist, and no doubt will do good service in any position in which he may be placed by the General in Chief.

The glory of our arms have shed a luster over the whole country which never can be dimmed; and the victors who survived these terrible conflicts, most ever be cherished by a grateful nation—I could not forego adding a word of congratulation in writing this short note commending to you kind attention the gallant Naval officer who will present it./ In great haste/ Your friend/ R. Jones

Major General W. J. Worth/ U.S. Army in Mexico”

Reverse Endorsement: “Introduction to Genl Worth/ R. Jones/ At/ For Lieut Maynard of the Navy.”

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Superb Mexican War letter, from the Adjt General of the day to one of command heroes of Chapultepec. In protective sleeve.   [jp]

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