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Walter J. McMurtry Papers,1847-1853

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Walter J. McMurtry Papers




The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA

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Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Walter J. McMurtry Papers, 1847-1853, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.


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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


  • Clay, Cassius Marcellus, 1810-1903-- Captivity.
  • Clay, Henry, 1811-1847-- Death and burial.
  • Buena Vista, Battle of, 1847-- Sources.

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