By Frederick Zeh
quickly after emigrating from Germany to the us, Frederick Zeh all of a sudden joined the military as conflict with Mexico loomed. His written account is the 1st book-length description of the Mexican battle by means of a German-American participant—a major contribution, on condition that approximately part the usual military was once made of immigrant recruits.
even supposing Zeh held the lowly rank of "laborer" within the military, he was once good expert and an astute observer, and his tale is either vigorous and good written. in addition to the horror of battles, he describes relatives among officials and enlisted males, army punishment, and daily lifestyles. he's surprisingly candid approximately abuses that happened within the American military and towards Mexican civilians.
The editors' creation offers biographical details on Zeh and units the degree for the narrative. An epilogue strains the highlights of his actions within the half-century following his army carrier.
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An Immigrant Soldier in the Mexican War by Frederick Zeh