Two Veterans of The Mexican War
With the approach of a war with Mexico beginning at Vera Cruz it is
interesting to know that there are two veterans of the first war
with Mexico that dates back to the late 40's. One of these men H.D.
Wood, is a resident of Oelwein, while the other, Chauncey Smith,
resides in Lima. The cuts of these two veterans are published in The
Register through the courtesy of the West Union Argo-Gazette. They
are interesting at this phase of the nation's history because the
men living are few who were engaged in that early struggle.
||H.D. Wood, of Oelwein, enlisted in an Illinois
regiment and landed at Vera Cruz in September, 1847. With
his regiment under General Winfield Scott, he fought and
marched from that city to the City of Mexico and was present
when it was surrendered to the Americans. He was then but
nineteen yeas of age, but recalls the events of the
wonderful march with the intervening battles as readily as
events of recent years - possibly more so. He was in the
Mexican "unpleasantness" for a year. He relates with much
interest the startling events of battles and the skirmishes
with the Mexicans sixty-seven years ago. He was 86 years of
age April 8th, and he reads the accounts of the capture of
Vera Cruz the resent month with special interest since he
was there at its investment back in 1847.
|Chauncey Smith, of Lima, the other
veteran of the old war with Mexico, also recalls the days
when he fought for Uncle Sam. Although well past the four
score year period of life the days when Generals Taylor and
Scott showed the Mexicans some new features in warfare are
an open book to him.
~Oelwein Register, April 29, 1914, Oelwein, Fayette county, Iowa
~ submitted by Sharyl
Iowa Old Press