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at Camargo, MEXICO
Camargo, 1846

"Camargo is a town of some size but is dilapidated and almost destroyed by the overlfow that lately took place of the San Juan River...There are few attractions in or about the place. The curiosity is perfectly satisfied in a short time."
- Capt. Sydenham Moore, Journal, Sept. 1, 1846

  • Sept. 1, 1846: Company D, along with rest of Alabama regiment, arrives at Camargo aboard the steamboat Big Hatchie at about 4 p.m. Encamps alongside Rio San Juan about 1 and 1/2 miles below the town.
  • Sept. 7, 1846: Company D detached to guard Government stores on opposite shore of Rio San Juan.
  • Sept. 9, 1846: False alarm of Mexican attack in the night.
  • Sept. 10, 1846: Company receives mail.
  • Sept. 13, 1846: Pvt. Cicero L. Kirksey dies in camp at 11 p.m. from measles. Buried on the 14th about 1/2 mile above town.
  • Sept. 16 or 17, 1846: Company returns to regiment from detached duty.
  • Sept. 28, 1846: Soldiers at Camargo receive word of U.S. victory at Monterey.
  • Oct. 5. 1846: Election for 2nd Lt. won by Dr. Anderson.
  • Oct. 9, 1846: After drilling in rain, dismissed Alabamians run back to camp yelling, leading other troops to believe Mexicans are attacking.
  • Oct. 12, 1846: Stephen Nunnalee sees a rainbow in the evening.
  • Oct. 25, 1846: Regiment's officers hold meeting to protest being left behind at Camargo while other troops go ahead to Monterey.
  • Oct. 31, 1846: Pay-day.
  • Nov. 1, 1846: Regiment issued regular army uniforms, to replace worn-out cottonade.
  • Nov. 7, 1846: Capt. Moore's body servant, Peter, dies.
  • Nov. 15, 1846: Stephen Nunnalee appointed corporal upon resignation of Abram Flinn.
  • Nov. 16 & 17, 1846: General Pillow drills reluctant Alabama regiment.
  • Nov. 22, 1846: Pvt. George W. Schoppert dies in camp at 6 a.m. Buried beside Kirksey.
  • Nov. 23, 1846: Regiment receives orders to go to Tampico.
  • Nov. 24, 1846: Company D, along with most of regiment, departs Camargo aboard steamboat.


Butler, Steven R., ed. The Eutaw Rangers in the War with Mexico: The Mexican War Journal & Letters of Capt. Sydenham Moore and the Mexican War Journal of Pvt. Stephen F. Nunnalee, Company D, First Regiment of Alabama Volunteers (Richardson, Texas: Descendants of Mexican War Veterans, 1998).

Frost, John. A Pictorial History of Mexico and the Mexican War (Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait, and Company, 1849).

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