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Object Name Print
Title Battle at Churubusco
Catalog Number 1958.20.8
Creator Nebel, Carl
Date 1851
Material(s) Paper;
Dimensions H-16.5 W-23 inches
Description This is a chromolithograph on paper showing the American assault on the Mexican defenses at the walled convent of San Mateo, seen in the background, at Churubusco on August 20, 1847. In the foreground on the left is a section of high grass with soldiers sitting and lying on the ground. There is a wounded soldier being tended by two other soldiers. In the middle of the foreground is a tree leaning toward the left. There is an officer on a horse to the left of the tree. There is a man with a head wound in front of the tree. To the right of the tree are more soldiers. One has a rifle (with bayonet attached) on his shoulder. There is a tree stump and a drum on the ground. In the mid-ground are lines of American soldiers. There are also cannon balls exploding and fallen trees. The soldiers are firing on a building that has ladders leaning against the sides and is partially shrouded in smoke. In the background there is a large walled fortress. There is smoke billowing out from the city. On the outside of the fortress and in the background are more trees. In the far background are mountains and puffy white 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.

The battle of Churubusco was an American victory, allowing the U.S. Army to breach the outer defenses of Mexico City.

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
Cannon balls
Search Terms Mexican War, 1846-1848
Mexican-American War
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS