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Object Name Print
Title Bombardment of Vera Cruz
Catalog Number 1958.20.2
Creator Nebel, Carl
Date 1851
Material(s) Paper;
Dimensions H-17 W-23 inches
Description This is a chromolithograph on paper showing a battery of heavy naval guns firing on the Mexican City of Vera Cruz, March 22-28, 1846. In the foreground there are several soldiers standing or lying on the ground. In the center is a tripod made of rifles with bayonets. There is a dead soldier in front of it. On the far left there is a soldier holding a horse's bridle. On the far right there is a group of men carrying a wounded soldier. Behind them is a tall coconut tree. To the right of the tree is an American flag flying from a flag pole. In the midground is a stone wall with cannon firing through holes in the wall. In the background is a walled city and beyond that is the ocean. Puffs of smoke can be seen along the city walls and smoke can be seen billowing above the buildings in the city.
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.

General Winfield Scott landed his army at Vera Cruz on March 9, 1847. After army artillery proved ineffective against the fortified city on March 22, heavy naval guns brought ashore from the expedition blasted a breach in the city walls. The city surrendered on March 28th.

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