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

By Gustavus Woodson Smith; Leonne M. Hudson | Go to book overview

Appendix A
Brief Extracts from Wilcox’s
History of the Mexican War (1892)

“General Patterson was ordered to march [December, 1846,] from Matamoros to Victoria with three regiments of volunteers, two pieces of artillery, and the engineer company under Lieut. G. W. Smith” (p. 187).

Vera Cruz. “This line of investment, through the chapparal and over the sand hills, was located by Lieut. G. W. Smith, of the engineers, assisted by Lieut. G. B. McClellan, and a roadway along the line was made under the supervision of these two lieutenants with the engineer company and a party of several hundred soldiers” (p. 246).

Cerro Gordo. “On the arrival of the engineer company and train at Plan del Rio [April 17th, 1847], Lieut. G. B. McClellan with a party of ten men reported to General Pillow, and, Lieut. G. W. Smith with [the rest of] his men and a portion of the train to General Twiggs.

“That night [17th] one 24-pounder and two 24-pound howitzers were placed in position on the Atalaya, the battery being constructed under the supervision of Lieut. G. W. Smith, assisted by Lieut. John G. Foster of the engineers, the location of the battery having been determined by Capt. R. E. Lee” (p. 286).

From Puebla to the Valley of Mexico. “Riley’s brigade was guided by Capt. Lee, assisted by Lieut. John G. Foster with ten men of the engineer company” (pp. 287–88).

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