[GOVERNOR ALBERT GALLATIN BROWN COORDINATES THE INTEGRATION OF VOLUNTEER BATTALION OF MISSISSIPPI RIFLEMEN INTO THE ARMY OF THE WEST DURING THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR]; A letter from Governor Brown to General Brooke arranging for Mississippi volunteers to be mustered into federal service for the war in Mexico. Governor Albert Gallatin Brown.
[GOVERNOR ALBERT GALLATIN BROWN COORDINATES THE INTEGRATION OF VOLUNTEER BATTALION OF MISSISSIPPI RIFLEMEN INTO THE ARMY OF THE WEST DURING THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR]; A letter from Governor Brown to General Brooke arranging for Mississippi volunteers to be mustered into federal service for the war in Mexico
[GOVERNOR ALBERT GALLATIN BROWN COORDINATES THE INTEGRATION OF VOLUNTEER BATTALION OF MISSISSIPPI RIFLEMEN INTO THE ARMY OF THE WEST DURING THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR]; A letter from Governor Brown to General Brooke arranging for Mississippi volunteers to be mustered into federal service for the war in Mexico

[GOVERNOR ALBERT GALLATIN BROWN COORDINATES THE INTEGRATION OF VOLUNTEER BATTALION OF MISSISSIPPI RIFLEMEN INTO THE ARMY OF THE WEST DURING THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR]; A letter from Governor Brown to General Brooke arranging for Mississippi volunteers to be mustered into federal service for the war in Mexico

Jackson, Mississippi to New Orleans, Louisiana: 1847. Envelope or Cover. This one-page stampless autograph letter signed (ALS) was sent by Mississippi Governor Albert Gallatin Brown from the “Executive Chamber” in Jackson to George Mercer Brooke, the Commanding General of the Western Division of the U. S. Army, at New Orleans. The letter is dated “2 Aug. 1847”, and manuscript rate marks and a blue ‘Paid” handstamp in the upper right corner of the cover; a circular blue Jackson Mississippi postmark dated August 3rd in the upper left. Text is faded but legible.

In this letter Brown replies to a query from Brooke regarding the mustering of a battalion of Mississippi volunteers into the service of the United States. In it, Brown clarifies that the organization, support, and funding of the event was an army responsibility:

“Yours of 27 ult inquiring at what time an officer of the Army will be needed at Vicksburg to muster into the Service of the Battalion under the late regulation of the President has inst. come to hand. My present impression is that such an officer need not report himself at Vicksburg before the 1st of September. Should his services be required at an earlier day you will be informed. Your suggestion concerning the clothing of the troops has been noted and will receive proper attention. It will fan trouble in the Settlement of accounts if the officer properly authorized were not to Vicksburg a few days in advance of the arrival of the troops there (say by the 20th of August) with camp equipage and other necessary means of subsistence. These things must be here and if not immediately supplied when demanded it gives dissatisfaction. I have been heretofore purchasing them on my own account but it is needless to say they cost the government less when supplied by a regular officer from govt stores.”. Good to Very Good. Item #009611

The five companies raised during this muster were collectively organized as the 1st Battalion of Mississippi Rifle Volunteers and sent by Brooke to serve with the Army of Occupation commanded by Major General Zachary Taylor and subsequently Brigadier General John E. Wool. Arriving in Mexico after the Battle of Buena Vista, the battalion participated in the suppression of guerilla activities within the Army of Occupation’s area of responsibility, the Mexican states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas. (For more information see “U.S. Army Order of Battle, 1847” at World Imperialism online, Robard’s Mexican War Veterans: A Complete Roster of Regular and Volunteer Troops in the War . . . from Official Sources, and Spahr’s Doctoral Dissertation, Occupying For Peace, The U.S. Army In Mexico, 1846-1848.)

A nice piece of Mississippiana and Mexican-American War history.

Price: $250.00