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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Note to the Researcher

University of Texas Arlington

Sebastian D. Allis Mexican War Letters:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Allis, Sebastian D.
Title: Sebastian D. Allis Mexican War Letters
Inclusive Dates: 1846
Abstract: 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 during the Mexican War. The first was penned from a camp on St. Ivan (San Juan) River above Camargo on August 24, 1846. The second, written from Monterrey, Mexico, on October 29, 1846, includes a map of "Castle Hill." Transcriptions of both letters were provided by the donors.
Identification: GA52, OS612
Extent: 2 letters (0.01 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

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.

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Scope and Contents

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.

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Organization

The letters are arranged chronologically.

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Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Allis, Sebastian D.,--ca. 1821- --Archives.
Subjects
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Personal narratives, American.
Monterrey, Battle of, Monterrey, Mexico--Maps--1846.
Monterrey, Battle of, Monterrey, Mexico--Personal narratives, American.
Battlefields--Mexico--Maps--1846.
Places
Monterrey (Mexico)--Maps--1846.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

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Related Material

GA61: Sebastian D. Allis Daguerreotype

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gifts of Jane Allis Whitlock and Frances Allis David, January 18, 2008.

Citation

Sebastian D. Allis Mexican War Letters, GA52/OS612, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Gifts, 2008.

Accessioned as number 2008-22 (Whitlock) and 2008-23 (David).

Processing Information

The collection was processed and finding aid prepared by Brenda S. McClurkin.

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 Note to the Researcher 

The letters are quite fragile and have been encapsulated.

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