Jefferson Davis to Joseph E. Davis
Monter[r]ey [Mexico], Sept. 25th, 1846.
My Dear Brother:-- The town is ours after a severe conflict. The
Mississippians were brought into action on the 21st and performed some
brilliant service. On the 22nd preparations were made, and we held an
advance post. On the morning of the 23rd we (the Mississippians) opened
the action early, and continued firing and advancing into the town until
near sunset, when we were ordered to withdraw. On the 24th propositions
having been received to capitulate, Gen. Worth, and Gen. Henderson of
Texas, and myself, were appointed commissioners to arrange the terms of
capitulation. We agreed, and the papers have been exchanged. It was reported to us, by the Mexican General, that Mexico had received commissioners from the United States.-- They were whipped, and we could afford to be generous. We hope soon to return as the war is probably over.
With love to all--I am your brother.
From The Papers of Jefferson Davis, Volume 3, pp. 24-25. Transcribed from the Vicksburg Weekly Sentinel, October 27, 1846.