MAY 1846 STAMPLESS COVER POINT ISABEL START MEXICAN WAR LETTER WILLIAM H CHAPMAN

Up for auction is an original U.S. soldier letter from the Mexican American War era.
The letter was written on May 5th, 1846 from Point Isabel, Brazos Santiago,
on the Mexican/Texas border. The letter was written by Captain William
Chapman a member of the 5th Infantry. General Zachary Taylor had moved
the 5th Infantry into position for conflict to Point Isabel, Brazos Santiago at the
beginning of May. This letter was written just three days before the 5th Infantry
in combination with the 7th and 8th Infantry engaged Mexican troops at Palo
Alto on May 8th, 1846. Captain Chapman was engaged in all of the early
battles of the war on the Northern Front. He served with the 5th Infantry for
the entire duration of the war and was brevetted twice for heroism.
The letter reads:
Point Isabel Brazos Santiago
May 5th, 1846
Dearest Annie,
I am still alive and well, we had an alarm yesterday morning and marched out about
1 1l2 miles under the pretense that the Mexicans were advancing in force.
It turned out to be Capt. May’s Squadron of Dragoons returning from a scout. Capt. Lynde
arrived yesterday, looks well he left his family at Gambia, Ohio. They were well.
I have enclosed to Major Jamed( ?) receipts for $125. to be remitted to you at his earliest
convenience.
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