Mexican War Journal & Letters

Miller has accomplished every historian's dream of finding an untapped historical source. In this case it is the field diary and personal letters of a young lieutenant who accompanied Winfield Scott during the Mexican War. Oddly enough, this is the only first-hand account of the U.S. conquest of central Mexico. Besides his mili tary observations, Lieutenant Kirkham also left lively and frequently charming accounts of Mexican life and his adventures there. His personal contacts with local citizens and their relationships with the Yankee invaders are especially engaging.