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NOTES OF THE MEXICAN WAR.

 

 

CHAPTER I.

INTENTION AND ENLISTMENT—MUSTERED INTO THE UNITED STATES SERVICE—ELECTION OF FIELD OFFICERS—DEPARTURE FROM PITTSBURGH ON STEAMBOAT—ON THE OHIO AND MISSISSIPPI RIVERS—ARRIVED AT ALGIERS OPPOSITE NEW ORLEANS—ENCAMPED ON THE OLD BATTLE-FIELD OF GEN. JACKSON'S ACHIEVEMENT—EMBARKED ON BOARD OF SHIPS FOR THE SEAT OF WAR—ARRIVED AT BRAZOS SANTIAGO—LEFT AND ARRIVED AT ISLAND OF LOBOS—LEFT LOBOS FOR ANTON LIZARDO—ARRIVED AT ANTON LIZARDO—PREPARING TO LAND.

Friday, December 11, 1846.—To-day, after we arrived at Lewistown, Pa., Louis Bymaster and myself, also of that town, came to the conclusion to enlist in a soldier company to serve in the United States Army during the Mexican war. Mr. Bymaster wanted to join some dragoon company but I preferred the volunteer infantry. He then said that he, Bymaster, would follow me, and concluded to join the company now on our boat and go and stick together, if we lived, during the Mexican war.

Saturday, December 12, 1846.—This morning after we arrived at Huntingdon, Bymaster and myself had fully made up our minds to enlist in Capt. William F. Small's Co. C, First Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, to serve during the war with Mexico, unless sooner discharged.

We mentioned our intention of enlistment to Mr. Bently (a member of the company), who took us into the cabin