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627.01 War > Mexican-American War (1846-1848)
627.02 War > Lieutenant Colonel Henry Clay, Jr.
Henry Clay Jr. (10 April, 1811 – 23 February, 1847) was the third son of US Senator and Congressman Henry Clay. He graduated from West Point and raised a regiment, the 2nd Kentucky Volunteers, to fight in the Mexican American War (1846-1848). He was killed leading a charge of his regiment in the Battle of Buena Vista. The daguerreotypes show his burial site and later his body was transported to Kentucky and interred in Frankfort Cemetery in Frankfort.
627.03 War > Letter from W.L. Marcy, Secretary of War, to Major General Z. Taylor, Commanding Army of Occupation, Monterey, Mexico (5 October 1846)
In this contemporary letter from W.L. Marcy, the US Secretary of War, to Major General Zachary Taylor it mentions a daguerreotype as being suitable for preparing a medal as a tribute for his service in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848):
Major General Z. Taylor.
War Department, October 5, 1846.
Sir: By a joint resolution of Congress, approved July 16th, the President is authorized and requested to have a medal of gold procured, with appropriate devices and inscriptions thereon presented to you in the name of the republic, as a tribute due to your good conduct, valor, and generosity to the vanquished. Preparations are being made to carry this resolution into effect, and the only difficulty that seems to present itself is the want of a faithful bust likeness of yourself, in order to enable the artist to prepare the die. It is possible that you may have a faithful miniature likeness of yourself, which could be made use of for this purpose: if so, and you will direct it to be sent to this department, it shall be taken good care of and safely returned to you. If you have no such likeness, it is suggested that one may be taken by a competent artist and forwarded to the department the expense of which will be defrayed by the government. It is believed that a daguerreotype likeness would answer every purpose. and insure a faithful resemblance.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. L. MARCY,
Secretary of War.
Major General Z. Taylor,
Commanding Army of Occupation, Monterey, Mexico.
- Λ Letter from W.L. Marcy, Secretary of War, to Major General Z. Taylor, Commanding Army of Occupation, Monterey, Mexico (5 October 1846). This letter is published in Message of the President of the United States, pp. 113-114.
Eisenhower, John S.D., 2000, So Far from God: The U.S. War With Mexico, 1846-1848, (University of Oklahoma Press) isbn-10: 0806132795 isbn-13: 978-0806132792 [Δ]
Sandweiss, Martha; Stewart, Rick & Huseman, Ben, 1989, Eyewitness to War: Prints and Daguerreotypes of the Mexican War, 1846-1848, (Fort Worth & Washington: Amon Carter & Smithsonian) [Δ]
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