Walter J. McMurtry Papers,1847-1853

Descriptive Summary

Title
Walter J. McMurtry Papers,1847-1853
Creator
McMurtry, Walter J.
Extent
6 items
Subjects
Clay, Cassius Marcellus, 1810-1903-- Captivity.
Clay, Henry, 1811-1847-- Death and burial.
Buena Vista, Battle of, 1847-- Sources.
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Repository
The Filson Historical Society

Collection Overview

Scope and Content
Soldier. Papers consisting of five letters and one affidavit/power of attorney regarding his Mexican War service, all written by McMurtry. Letters dated 1 Feb. and 2 Mar. 1847 describe, respectively, his quarters and conditions in Saltillo, Mexico, and the capture of Cassius Marcellus Clay and others before the Battle of Buena Vista; and the Battle of Buena Vista, the death of Henry Clay, Jr. and other casualties, troop movements, the condition of the Mexican army, and the exchange of Cassius Clay