Survey of the Mexican Lines of Defence at Cerro Gordo and the Lines of Attack of the American Army under Major General Scott, On the 17th and 18th of April 1847.
by COPPEE, Lieut. H.
Philadelphia: P.S. Duval Lith., 1847. unbound. Battle plan. Uncolored lithograph. Image measures 12.25 x 19 inches. This battle plan from the Mexican-American War is an uncolored military survey of the Mexican defense lines and the U.S. lines of attack at Cerro Gordo in the Valley of Mexico. The battle of Cerro Gordo was one of the major battles during the Mexican American War. The map notes important roads, troop position, camps, batteries and rivers. Topography is beautifully rendered. After Major General Winfield Scott captured Veracruz, he advanced towards Mexico City. To halt his advance, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, who was commanding the Mexican forces, prepared fortifications at Cerro Gordo. The battle resulted in a victory for the United States. General Santa Anna was forced to flee without his artificial leg. The leg was captured by the U.S. troops and remains on display at the Illinois State Military Museum. The survey for this map was conducted by topographical engineers Major Turnbull and Captain McClellan and drawn by Lieutenant H. Coppee. The map is in good condition with minor wear along the fold lines. Minor damage near top margin, repaired on verso, not affecting printed image. Some cracks are visible near the left border, repaired on verso. Map has been cleaned and lined. This map is a fascinating relic of this significant period of history. (Inventory #: 268037)
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