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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

University of Texas Arlington

William D. Garrison Mexican War Letters:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Garrison, William D.
Title: William D. Garrison Mexican War Letters
Dates: 1846-1847
Abstract: William D. Garrison was a soldier who fought during the U.S. War with Mexico. He enlisted with the 2nd Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers. Garrison wrote three letters to his father while en route to the Rio Grande with the volunteers. He apologizes for leaving, and describes the movement of the Pennsylvania Regiment through New Orleans, and on the island of Lobos in Mexico. Also included in this collection is a poem written in memory of William's death at the Castle of Perote in Mexico.
Identification: GA52
Extent: 1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

William D. Garrison served in Company D (Cambria Guards) of the 2nd Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers during the U.S. War with Mexico. Though he traveled with the volunteers in 1846, he did not officially enlist until January 21, 1847. Garrison died of illness on July 11, 1847, at the Castle of Perote in Mexico City.

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Scope and Contents

The William D. Garrison Mexican War Letters are comprised of three letters written by William D. Garrison of the 2nd Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers to his father. Garrison wrote his first letter, dated November 28, 1846, while en route to the Rio Grande. He apologizes to his father for leaving and choosing to be a soldier instead of an attorney in Philadelphia. His second and third letters, dated January 1, and 21, 1847, detail the movement of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, and his enlistment in Company D. Included with these letters is a poem written after Garrison's death in Mexico.

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Organization

The letters are arranged chronologically.

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Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Garrison, William D., ?-1847--Archives.
Subjects
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Personal narratives, American.
Soldiers--Pennsylvania--Diaries--19th century.
Soldiers' writings--American--19th century.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Purchased from Michael Vinson, 2016.

Citation

William D. Garrison Mexican War Letters, GA52, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Purchase, 2016.

Accessioned as number 2016-68.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and finding aid prepared by Samantha Dodd.

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