ALS - 2ND LIEUTENANT THOMAS J. JACKSON MEXICAN WAR LETTER, WITH NOTATION & SIGNATURE OF GEN. GIDEON PILLOW

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Dated “November 11, 1847 / MEXICO.” Addressed to Captain, H.L. Scott (Acting Asst. Adj. Gen. of U.S. Forces), w/signed comments from Major Gen. Gideon Pillow. 2 pp. on unlined paper, 9” x 11. Lightly yellowed, ink faded while remaining entirely legible. Exhibits fold-marks, w/tiny chips at margins of fold-lines.  Else VG.

Text:

“Sir…

I have the honor to state that there are for duty at present but 31 artillery men (privates) of Light Company 1st Arty. Of which one is hospital nurse at General Hospital and another at the company hospital, two cooks and three additional privates are require for guard leaving for drill but twenty five artillery men of which 24 are required as drivers and far more than a month back the number has not exceeded thirty six and has within this time been even reduced to twenty eight.

There are eleven men of the new Regiment (Genl. Pillows Division) attached and for duty making a total of forty-two men, eight of the last named have been instructed in the duties of Artillery soldier and some of them are very excellent drivers, exceedingly important in a battery. I have the honor to request that the following eight be transferred permanently to this battery, to wit:

Finely e. Brinton, Levis H. & Daniel a. of the Voltiguers, Peter Daniels B. 14 Infy, Cornelius Alker B. & Hudson A. Church e. 15th Infy, Abraham Sears F. 9th Infy & Mathew Goslin F. 11th Infy and that the rest of the men who have been more recently attached be ordered to join their respective companies as I am informed that application to that effect has been made by some of their commanders.

When recruits arrive a number equal to that now asked for can be attached to the new Regiments. Those proposed to be transferred now not being well drilled as Infantry but efficient as Artillery soldiers. It will be therefore beneficial to keep them with the Battery turning over eight recruits in their stead.

I have also to request that thirty men be detached from the Artillery Regiment & temporarily attached to this battery until the arrival & preparation of recruits which latter can be done sufficiently well to relieve this detachment in ten days after the recruits are assigned to the battery.

This number is necessary to make the Battery as efficient as it should be. Even the drill cannot be executed with the present number for its necessary to take the cannoneers as driver in the maneuvers of the battery.

I beg leave to remark that this system of detailing men from the Artillery Regiments for this purpose has been applied to some of the light Battery’s heretofore.

This note has been submitted to Capt. Magruder and has received his approval

I am sir,

Your Most Obt. Servt. / T. J. Jackson / 2nd LT. 1st Arty / Comdg. Compy”

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“Mexico, Nov. 11 1847 / T. J. Jackson / 2nd Lt. 1st Arty.

Requests that more men may be assigned to his battery.”

I do not approve of so much of the application as contemplate the Permanent transfer of the 8 named privates. I think it would be better to supply the wants of the Battery (Field) with recruits expected soon to arrive in this city.

Gid. J. Pillow / Major Genl. USA”

Wounded twice in Mexico, Gideon Pillow later became a Confederate General who in 1862 made an ignominious escape from Ft. Donelson. The Captain Magruder mentioned by Jackson letter was John Bankhead Magruder who would also become a Confederate General, playing a prominent role at Yorktown, VA, during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign and also in the1864 re-capture of Galveston, TX.

An utterly superb Mexican war ALS from Thomas “Stonewell’ Jackson, then a 2nd Lieutenant. In protective sleeve, includes document transcript.  [jp]

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