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By Frederick Zeh

quickly after emigrating from Germany to the U.S., Frederick Zeh hastily joined the military as conflict with Mexico loomed. His written account is the 1st book-length description of the Mexican struggle through a German-American participant—a major contribution, on condition that approximately part the general military was once made from immigrant recruits.

even though Zeh held the lowly rank of "laborer" within the military, he was once good expert and an astute observer, and his tale is either full of life and good written. along with the horror of battles, he describes family 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 lines the highlights of his actions within the half-century following his army carrier.

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