By Frederick Zeh
quickly after emigrating from Germany to the U.S., Frederick Zeh abruptly joined the military as struggle with Mexico loomed. His written account is the 1st book-length description of the Mexican conflict through a German-American participant—a major contribution, on condition that approximately part the average military was once made from immigrant recruits.
even supposing Zeh held the lowly rank of "laborer" within the military, he used to be good expert and an astute observer, and his tale is either vigorous and good written. along with the horror of battles, he describes relatives among officials and enlisted males, army punishment, and daily lifestyles. he's surprisingly candid approximately abuses that happened within the American military and towards Mexican civilians.
The editors' creation offers biographical details on Zeh and units the degree for the narrative. An epilogue strains the highlights of his actions within the half-century following his army carrier.
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