TEXASFROM A FEMALE MEXICAN WAR CORRESPONDENT.
"SOLARISSA, ALIAS M.M. LEE." Autograph Letter Signed ("Solarissa alias M.M. Lee"), 2 pp recto and verso, 4to with affixed small slip, Fort Brown, TX, September 28, 1846, to the editors of The Echo, some tiny holes at horizontal fold, one word trimmed where slip affixed, small hole touching signature and loss of 2 letters in valediction. Housed in a custom cloth folder.
IMAGINATIVE ACCOUNT OF THE BATTLE OF MONTERREY by an anonymous, though presumably female, war correspondent on her first commission for the Echo. "Solarissa" describes in quite flowery language General Taylor's victory over the Mexican Army under General Pedro de Ampudia. Although she was a very early (if not the first) female war correspondent, this is not a particularly auspicious beginning. Her account is suspiciously romanticized, this reader suspects she was not present at the battle. In part: "The Mexicans have capitulated, the din of the battle has ceased & between 5 & 6 hundred Americans lie dead on the field of battle ... But you say Where is Rough & Ready. There he is assisting a wounded [soldier] to a quiet retreat & although he was in the midst of danger yet he is alive...."