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Collection Reference Number GLC06299
From Archive Folder Undated Documents Relating to the Post-Revolutionary Era 
Title Mexican War and post-war diary
Date 1845-1849
Author Porterfield, George A. (1822-1919)  
Document Type Diary
Content Description Part one, crudely bound, includes vignettes about people Porterfield encountered, a pen and ink sketch of Rancho Buena Vista, and a rudimentary genealogy. Part two, unbound, begins in April 1848 and records his travels and activities after the war ends. Mentions being in love with Miss Ybarra and is saddened to leave. By September 1849 he has become the editor of the Gazette in Martinsburg and is studying to become a lawyer. He is relieved his wife, possibly Miss Ybarra, is enjoying living in the United States. Part three consists of a receipt, a list of deceased relatives, a note explaining the Pythagorean Theorem, and a dried flower. Bound volume consists of a collection of recipes, short stories, Shakespearean extracts, and a detailed diary. Sketches include a homestead, a square in Monterrey, Mexico, the battlefield at Buena Vista, and General Winfield Scott's position in relation to Santa Anna's on 14 August 1847 in Mexico City. Obituary clipping of Porterfield's mother is affixed to the inside of the back cover.
Subjects Mexican War  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  Military History  Soldier's Diary  Art, Music, Theater, and Film  Genealogy  Women's History  Immigration and Migration  Marriage  Journalism  Law  Education  Children and Family  Mathematics  Literature and Language Arts  Diet and Nutrition  Battle  Death  Latin and South America  
People Porterfield, George A. (1822-1919)  
Place written Various Locations
Theme The Mexican War; Foreign Affairs; Arts & Literature; Women in American History; Law; Education; Children & Family
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Porterfield went on to become a Confederate Colonel during the Civil War, finding infamy when his 775-man force fired a volley, then panicked. The battle became known as the "Philippi Races" for the speed of the Confederates' retreat to Huttonsville. Philippi was the first land battle of the Civil War.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859