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Letter written to Silas Casey from a friend, J.R. Smith, he served with in East Florida Territory and during the War with Mexico. Speaks of the great injustice of sending the 2nd Reg. to the distant and uncomfortable posting in California. Includes, "We went through the Indian and Mexican War and another Reg should go." He also speaks of his wounds and their abscessess. The letter provides a very interesting look at the comradeship formed by war.
Joseph R. Smith (1802-1868) graduated from West Point in the Class of 1823. 1st Lieutenant in 1832 and Captain in 1838. Brevetted Major for gallantry during the Mexican War at Cerro Gordo and lieutenant - permanently disable for his left arm. Became major of the 7th infantry in 1851 and retired in 1861 dur to his wounds, but the next year was recommissioned as mustering and disbursing officer for Michigan. Became military commissary of musters in 1863 and in 1865 was brevetted brigadier-general, U.S. Army.