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Scott, Winfield (1786-1866) General orders: No. 284

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06366.01 Author/Creator: Scott, Winfield (1786-1866) Place Written: Mexico Type: Document Date: 14 September 1847 Pagination: 2 p. ; 21 x 13.3 cm.

Signed by H. L. Scott. Announces the capture and possession of Mexico City, though the war is not yet over. Printed on pale blue paper. Duplicate of GLC00911.13.

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