William D. Robertson Letter,1846

Descriptive Summary

Title
William D. Robertson Letter,1846
Creator
William D. Robertson
Extent
1 item
Subjects
Robertson, William D., fl. 1846--Correspondence
Soldiers--United States--Correspondence
Mexican War, 1846-1848
United States--Army--Kentucky Infantry Regiment, 2nd
Taylor, Zachary, 1784-1850
Finding Aid Author
Staff
Repository
Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Overview

Biography / History
On September 8, 1846, William D. "Bill" Robertson was serving as a member of the 2nd Regiment of Kentucky Volunteers during the Mexican-American War.
Scope and Content
This letter is missing its conclusion and signature. It was written from "Camp near Camargo Mexico." The writer was a member of the Second Regiment of Kentucky Volunteers. He described the similar towns of Matamoras and Reynoso and compared their markets to Frankfort, his home town. The unit was stationed at "Camp Rio Grand." The soldier said he had seen everything there was to see on the south side of the Rio Grande, except the two battlegrounds in the area. He felt compensated for the lack by two encounters with General Zachary Taylor.
Several soldiers from the unit first visited Taylor's headquarters, content to glimpse the general from a distance. Later the writer and others paid a formal call on Taylor and received a warm reception as fellow Kentuckians. The letter includes a description of Taylor's typical form of dress, and a conversation the writer held with Taylor about the latter's birthplace in Virginia and life in Kentucky.
"From Bill Robertson" is inscribed across the last extant page of the letter, in a different handwriting. Other provenance information not now accompanying the letter apparently identified the author as William D. Robertson.
Arrangement: Chronological
Occupation: Soldier
County: Franklin