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Dr. McSherry was a U.S. Marine surgeon during the Mexican War who penned letters and hurried notes as his regiment marched and sometimes during the din of battle. According to the author he wrote about his experiences with no intention of sharing his correspondece with the world. His friend, David Holmes Conrad, to whom the letters were addressed, recommended their publication. The author assented on condition that Mr. Conrad make the story complete by describing, from official documents, the battles of Veracruz and Cerro Gordo.
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Dr. Richard McSherry, David Holmes Conrad, General Winfield Scott
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Veracruz, Cerro Gordo, Mexico
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Lippincott, Grambo & Co., successors to Grigg, Elliott & Co.
Campaigns Mexico, Mexican War 1846-1848, Personal narrative
History | Military History
McSherry, Richard, "El Puchero" (1850). Rare Books and Manuscripts. 3.