CHASING MEXICAN WOMEN AT THE BORDER
Good content A.L.S. by Texas soldier William Beggs, an enlisted man, 3pp., folio, Camp G. W. F. Wood, Texas, Oct. 18, 1857 to his friend J.A. Richards at Camp Duncan, Texas. The army established Camp Wood by the Nueces River in Texas at the site of an abandoned San Lorenzo mission in order to take the fight closer to the home of marauding Indians. Beggs tells Richards he is stationed "... in the wilderness of the living..." and spends the majority of his letter discussing his personal and professional pursuits. In part: "...glad to hear that your health was improving, and I hope in the course of a few weeks you will be able to 'duty' around... and let the Mexican ladies go to H-ll; for my own part, I think I have got quite enough of such cattle; but still, you are aware that I always had a liking for the 'beauties' while I was in Eagle Pass, and I hoped they learned me a 'lesson' which I will not soon forget. But let the Mexican women go to the Devil... I understand, from good authority, that we are also going to get twenty horses for the use of this Post... and I 'calculate' or 'reckon' we will have great times, charging through the bushes after the 'Injuns'...". Tears at top corners not affecting text or signatures, blank bottom of second page gone, else very good.