By Frederick Zeh
quickly after emigrating from Germany to the USA, Frederick Zeh swiftly joined the military as conflict with Mexico loomed. His written account is the 1st book-length description of the Mexican warfare by means of a German-American participant—a major contribution, on condition that approximately part the usual military used to be made from immigrant recruits.
even if Zeh held the lowly rank of "laborer" within the military, he was once good expert and an astute observer, and his tale is either energetic and good written. in addition to the horror of battles, he describes relatives among officials and enlisted males, army punishment, and day by day existence. he's strangely candid approximately abuses that happened within the American military and towards Mexican civilians.
The editors' creation offers biographical info on Zeh and units the level for the narrative. An epilogue strains the highlights of his actions within the half-century following his army provider.
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An Immigrant Soldier in the Mexican War by Frederick Zeh