Sebastian D. Allis Mexican War Letters:
Sebastian D. Allis was born in New Haven, Connecticut, worked as a newspaper clerk for the New Orleans Daily Picayune. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army with the Louisiana Brigade and later with Capt. Albert C. Blanchard's Phoenix Company, 1846-1847. Allis was appointed postmaster in Vera Cruz, Mexico, in 1847.
This collection is comprised of two manuscript letters written by Sebastian D. Allis to his sister Lucretia Allis in Louisiana. The first, penned on August 24, 1846, from a camp on St. Ivan (San Juan) River above Camargo, describes preparations to move across the river with howitzers, mortars, and field pieces. Allis opines that General Worth "has become exasperated, determined and reckless and will seek the hottest of the battle to redeem his reputation." Allis discusses friends at home, the desire to receive more mail, and although a "greenhorn," is determined to see the war through to completion. He also describes the Indian fandango that he attended with a friend.
The second letter, written October 29, 1846, from Monterrey, Mexico, contains a brief description of the Battle of Monterrey and a sketch of "Castle Hill" (Independence Hill?) that Allis describes as "very correct from the northeast." Allis comments on an American circus, fine band and drum and fife music, and persistent tolling of church bells. Transcriptions of both letters were provided by the donors.
Open for research.
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Gifts of Jane Allis Whitlock and Frances Allis David, January 18, 2008.
Sebastian D. Allis Mexican War Letters, GA52/OS612, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.
Accessioned as number 2008-22 (Whitlock) and 2008-23 (David).
The collection was processed and finding aid prepared by Brenda S. McClurkin.
The letters are quite fragile and have been encapsulated.