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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1849, hy
HUTCHINSON & SEEBOLD,
In relation to the origin of the Mexican War, which now forms an important part of the history of our country, public opinion has been divided, and much affected by the political bias of the two leading parties; so that it is impossible for an impartial chronicler to please both, and difficult even to avoid giving offence to either.
I have therefore reviewed the causes which led to the war between the sister republics, unaffected by any party preferences or prejudices whatever; and after a careful examination of all the points at issue, and the diplomatic action of the two governments, have endeavoured at least to arrive at just and candid conclusions.
In the record of the events of the war—which may challenge comparison with the military achievements of any age or nation-I have endeavoured to award to each arm of the service-cavalry, artillery, and infantry, and to our navy—the meed of praise it has so nobly won; and if, in any case, the claims of particular persons may have been overlooked, it is to be hoped that the circumstance will not be attributed to a disposition to do injustice to any.
For the details of the history, I am indebted mainly to the perusal of the diplomatic correspondence and public records—the letters and official reports of the general and subordinate officers, and interviews and correspondence with those who were active participators in the scenes described.
The subscribers to THE HISTORY OF THE MEXICAN WAR, who have patiently waited some time for the reception of their copies, will pardon a delay which has insured the authenticity of the work and enhanced its value.
BALTIMORE, July 4th, 1849.
Injuries and Insults offered by Mexico-Outrages on the Persons and Property of
American Citizens—Insults to the American Flag-Application of Texas for the