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Monday, February 3, 2014

Index to Mexican War Pension Applications

The file labeled MIL II-18 from Box 5 of the William B. Bogardus Collection, is pages from Index to Mexican War Pension Applications, transcribed by Barbara Schull Wolfe (Indianapolis: Heritage House, 1985).

MIL II-18 Index to Mexican War Pension Applications

There are a number of Brewers in this index and a handful of Browers. FamilySearch has a page devoted to this type of record, US Mexican War Pension Records. FamilySearch also has a searchable database, United States Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926.

Of further interest might be Mexican War Veterans: A Complete Roster of the Regular and Volunteer Troops in the War Between the United States and Mexico, from 1846 to 1848; The Volunteers are Arranged by States, Alphabetically, by W. M. Hugh Robarts (Washington, D.C.: Brentano's, 1887).

The Mexican War, or Mexican-American War, as I have always known it by, took place from 1846 to 1848. It began after the United States annexed the Republic of Texas, which had won its independence from Mexico in 1836. The U. S. victory added territory that would become the states of California, Nevada, Utah, most of Arizona, and parts of New Mexico and Colorado. The Mexican-American War produced many of the Generals and military officers that would lead the campaigns of the U. S. Civil War, fourteen years later. The U. S. Army consisted largely of volunteers during this war. While only about two percent of those who served were killed during fighting, over fourteen percent died from other causes, primarily disease. The overall casualty rate was about 22% (American War and Military Operations Casualties: Lists and Statistics).

Mexican War Veterans of 1846 (C.L. Swartz 1903), at Portal to Texas History

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