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Surrounded by dangers of all kinds : the Mexican War letters of Lieutenant Theodore Laidley

Author: Theodore Laidley; James M McCaffrey
Publisher: Denton, Tex. : University of North Texas Press, ©1997.
Series: War and the Southwest series, no. 6.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Lieutenant Theodore Laidley, a West Point graduate whose army career spanned forty years until his retirement as a colonel in 1882, was a young officer during the Mexican War. Like so many of his fellow soldiers he wrote long letters home describing new and unusual sights and events. His letters home to his father in Virginia begin on August 23, 1845 (from Watervliet Arsenal, New York) and end on May 13, 1848 (from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Personal narratives
Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Personal narratives, American
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Laidley, Theodore, 1822-1886.
Surrounded by dangers of all kinds.
Denton, Tex. : University of North Texas Press, ©1997
(OCoLC)70769320
Named Person: Theodore Laidley; Theodore Laidley
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Theodore Laidley; James M McCaffrey
ISBN: 1574410342 9781574410341
OCLC Number: 37001773
Awards: Kate Broocks Bates Award entry, 1997.
Description: xxiv, 185 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Series Title: War and the Southwest series, no. 6.
Responsibility: [compiled] by James M. McCaffrey.

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Lieutenant Theodore Laidley, a West Point graduate whose army career spanned forty years until his retirement as a colonel in 1882, was a young officer during the Mexican War. Like so many of his fellow soldiers he wrote long letters home describing new and unusual sights and events. His letters home to his father in Virginia begin on August 23, 1845 (from Watervliet Arsenal, New York) and end on May 13, 1848 (from Mexico City). They reveal the horrors of the battlefield, his low opinion of volunteer soldiers, the jealousy over promotions within the officer corps, and continued concerns over his own physical and spiritual health.

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