Zenas Matthews' 1846 U.S.-Mexico War Diary and Service Papers



SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Diary written by Z. W. Matthews while a private in the War of 1846 with Mexico. Matthews served under Captain C[hristopher]. B. Acklin's Company B of Col. John C. Hays' First Texas Mounted Riflemen. The diary begins with mention of leaving to join Gen. Taylor's army on the Rio Grande and includes descriptions of the Siege of Monterrey and the taking of Bishop's Palace. Service papers include 1846 honorable discharge signed by C. B. Acklen [sic] and Col. John C. Hays; 1849 letter certifying that Matthews served and was honorably discharged, signed by John C. Hays, and 1887 Declaration for Service Pension. Collection also has 4 silhouettes, Minerva Westlake, Rev. Burroughs Westlake, Darius Wells, Rev. Dan[ie]l Limerick. Zenas was the son of Henry Matthews, Methodist circuit rider, schoolteacher, and physician from Ohio whose travels brought him to Texas c. 1836. Southwestern also holds his diaries: http://southwestern.edu/infoservices/departments/specialcollections/finding-aids/Matthews.html
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