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Scott, Winfield (1786-1866) General orders: No. 291

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00911.17 Author/Creator: Scott, Winfield (1786-1866) Place Written: Mexico City, Mexico Type: Document Date: 19 September 1847 Pagination: 1 p. ; 20.5 x 14.6 cm.

Signed by H. L. Scott. Proceedings of a trial finding Henrique Garcia, Mexican Chief of Battalion, not guilty of bearing arms and threatening American soldiers in Mexico City, a violation of the laws of war. Brevet Brigadier General Smith presiding.

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