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Important Mexican War content letter written from Major General Robert Patterson to his cousin, Rev. McFarland. Written from Division Headquarters in Vera Cruz on April 1st, 1847, McFarland describes a city in ruins where many Mexican civilians were killed while a number of Mexican soldiers behind bombproofs were spared. He also speaks about the 2nd brigade of his volunteer division, a section of artillery, and a squadron of dragoon marching to attack Alvarado. Patterson speaks of his orders to march to Mexico (City). He continues to speak about his division of 6800 men and references Santa Anna and the Virginia regiment going to General Taylor. Patterson also writes, "The Mexicans are strange people, we may have peace in a week or not for years. They do not know when they are flogged. My own impression is that they must be thoroughly thrashed before a safe peace can be had, the worse it is the better. We ought to have from 50 to 60,000 men in the field and smash them before us, crushing them in a season. Humanity and economy require this. Taylor’s letter to Mr. Gaines was published….of course you will take care that none of my letters find their way into the papers…."