another writer has already referenced this site re Rifles into Mexico ... but re Illinois and Mexican War in general ... Publication, Issue 10 By Illinois State Historical Society, Illinois State Historical Library appears to have a lot of info ... you can read it online at Google books
That would be the Edward Everett memories themselves which is on his service in the Illinois Mormon War, the Mexican War and the opening stages of the Civil War.
Post by Allen Wiener on Jul 27, 2010 20:01:48 GMT -5
Kevin, is this the same Edward Everett who was in Congress for many years? If so, what was his involvement in the Mexican War? The Everett I'm talking about is the only historical figure I know of who is linked to both Lincoln and Crockett in some meaningful way. First, he spoke for several hours in the House of Representatives in opposition to Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Bill on the same day that Crockett spoke against it. Second, he was the other guy who spoke at Gettysburg in 1863 (again, for hours) when Lincoln delivered his immortal address there. Although some in the press actually ridiculed Lincoln's speech, Everett, who was regarded as one of the greatest orators of his day, congratulated Lincoln, who spoke for only minutes, and said he had given the more meaningful address that day.
When I do the first person of him 1864-1870 period I always mention in my introduction that I hope the auidence did not come to hear my more famous relative who spoke at Gettysburg or my cousin who wrote "Man Without a County." Got to do this recently at the Old State Capitol in Springfield in the House of Representatives where Lincoln gave the House Divided Speech. At the end of the talk I always mention the deal about having seen an engraving of the Alamo and the headboard quote.
At the Springfield talk some woman started asking me about if any of my men wrote their names over a filled in arch and a door the Army punched in. I blamed it on Major Babbitt. Turns out she was an intern at the DRT Library.
Another person had her great grandfather's Civil War sword which turned out to be a magnifcent 1833 Model US Dragoon Sabre (officers model).
Glad you found that minor work on Everett in the Handbook. The author is a friend of mine...
thanks, Kevin; I didn't know all this about the family. Remarkable!
Most people read his section on the Alamo and miss the other stuff. He really has some keen observations about volunteers especially regarding the Hancock County Mormon War. I think I may have mentioned when I was in Springfield, I went to this great bookstore across from the Old State Capitol. Found an original edition of the #10 Transactions.