Company "A" Corps of Engineers, U.S.A., 1846-1848, in the Mexican War

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After the Surrender of Vera Cruz
to the Occupation of Puebla

From the capitulation of Vera Cruz, on the 29th of March, until we left that place on the 13th of April, the engineer company was principally engaged in assisting engineer officers in making surveys of the fortifications and surrounding ground, in dismantling our own batteries, magazines, &c.; and aiding the Quartermaster’s Department in landing and placing in depot the general engineer train {wagons} of the army.

In the meantime, on the 7th of April, I reported, through the senior engineer, to the Adjutant-General {in charge of administration} of the forces, that the engineer company would be ready to move with the advance division of the army on the 8th, if transportation {draft animals} for its train could be furnished. Transportation, together with orders to move with the advance division, were applied for. “The reply was that General Scott would, at the proper time, order such transportation for the engineer company as he deemed sufficient—and would, when it was his pleasure, order the company forward.”1

Twiggs’s division left on the 8th; Patterson’s on the 9th; on the 11th Worth’s division was ordered to move on the 13th; Quitman’s2 brigade had been previously sent on an expedition to Alvarado; the garrison of Vera Cruz was designated. Thus, every soldier in the

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