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Object Name Print
Title Capture of Monterey
Catalog Number 1958.20.7
Creator Nebel, Carl
Date 1851
Material(s) Paper;
Dimensions H-16.75 W-23.25 inches
Description This is a chromolithograph on paper showing the American attack on fortifications surrounding the Mexican town of Monterey on September 19, 1846. In the foreground on the left is a man on horseback leading a riderless horse. To his right is a tall thin tree with leaves at the top with its roots exposed. The tree is on a small hillock. At the foot of the tree is a soldier looking through a telescope. In the center foreground is a line of soldiers facing the center of the mid-ground. On the right side of the image in the front are some soldiers sitting on the ground. On the far right of the image is a horsedrawn covered wagon. In front of that wagon (going toward the mid-ground) is a horsedrawn caisson and a heavy mortar that is firing shells at a Mexican fort in the far mid-ground. Smoke can be seen billowing out of the fort. In the distance behind the fort is the town of Monterey. In the background are several mountains and colorful clouds.
Notes This set of prints originally belonged to Captain John Willis of Panterburn, Mississippi. They came to the donor through Captain Willis' daughter, Mrs. Junius Ward Johnson.

After initial successes at Palo Alto and Resaca del la Palma, General Zachary Taylor marched the American Amry into the interior of Mexico toward the fortified town of Monterey. The American's took the town after three days of heavy fighting.

In 1851 Carl Nebel, a German artist and George Wilkins Kendall, founder and editor of the New Orleans "Picayune" published a book titled "The War Between the United States and Mexico, Illustrated." Kendall had followed the U.S. Army as a correspondent for the Picayune. Nebel was hired to illustrate Kendall's stories. Supposedly only 500 copies of the book were printed.
Collection Mrs. William H. Coffman Collection
Event Mexican-American War
People Nebel, Carl
Subjects War
Search Terms Mexican War, 1846-1848
Mexican-American War
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS