By James M. McCaffrey
Laidley landed at Veracruz at the Mexican coast in March 1847, and assisted cut back that very important port urban. He commanded a box battery at Cerro Gordo as normal Winfield Scott started his march into the inner of Mexico. The younger lieutenant remained with the garrison at Puebla, the place his activities have been instrumental in denying that urban to Santa Anna in a month-long siege within the fall of 1847. Upon his arrival in Mexico urban and the victory there and resulting treaty negotiations, Laidley explored old websites and the paths first laid by way of Cortez. On August 2, 1848, the army career of Mexico ended and Laidley, now a Brevet significant, lower back to the us. His letters domestic to his father in Virginia start on August 23, 1945 (from Watervliet Arsenal, big apple) and finish on may well thirteen, 1848 (from Mexico City). They demonstrate the horrors of the battlefield, his low opinion of volunteer squaddies, the jealousy over promotions in the officer corps, and persisted issues over his personal actual and non secular health.