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Wool, John Ellis (1784-1869) to Martin J. Townsend

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02642 Author/Creator: Wool, John Ellis (1784-1869) Place Written: Buena Vista, Mexico Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 20 September 1847 Pagination: 3 p. ; 24.8 x 19.7 cm.

Thanks Townsend and the people of Troy, New York, for their acknowledgments after the Battle of Buena Vista. Discusses the battle and Winfield Scott's negotiations with Santa Anna. Predicts any additional fighting will be with small guerrilla parties. Wool and Townsend were both from Troy. With an initialed postscript.

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