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Eaton G. Osman reminiscence of the Mexican War

 Collection — Box: 64
Identifier: MS-SC1126

Scope and Contents

An article written by Eaton re: his father's work on "The Picket Guard". A brief description of several newspapers written and edited by soldiers to give news of the war to the soldiers who were fighting it. Gives a physical description of the paper, and examples of articles. The newspaper editorializes on the fact that they get no outside newspapers because of the expense of mailing them. There is an example of an advertisement. Quotes articles on the battle of Buena Vista, the capture of Vera Cruz and the fall of Jalapa, all written some time after the fact, but news to many of the soldiers. Also listed promotions for officers. Several descriptions of stories about life in Mexico, interactions with the Mexicans and the Illinois regiments. Includes original handwritten memoir and typescript.


  • Created: undated


Biographical / Historical

Eaton Goodell Osman was the son of William Osman, an Ottawa, Illinois newspaper editor, who served in the First Regiment of Illinois Volunteers during the Mexican War. William edited "The Picket Guard" for seven weeks during that war after finding a press in the town of Saltillo. He and his brother Moses worked together on the paper.


1 folder (1 folder : .5 linear inches (.042 linear feet)) : 25 pages

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