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Michigan

Address of Col. Isaac D. Toll

At the protracted and severe siege of Puebla, even our sick left at the hospital were heroes, as was evinced by the gallant conduct of Lieutenant Merrifield. It would be most grateful to call to mind the eminent services of others, some appointed from this state to other organizations not so especially our own, and many from long association almost belonging to us. Among the former were Hoffman and VanBuren, who both fell in action, the latter in warfare on western wilds; Norvell, Wilcox and Larned—it would be invidious, however, to attempt to particularize. This city, a favorite post of the army, had for years prior to 1846 been at times the station, I might say, the home, of men who have been among the most distinguished in the profession of arms, and who have afforded proud pages in the history of the country. Here the name of Riley, the conqueror of Contreras, was a household word. Here, too, the veteran Brady, nearly an octogenarian, impatient of inaction, fretted and fumed at not being ordered to the front in answer to his demands in satisfaction to his never cooling "Douglass blood." What recollections, Mr. President, does the event we have met to commemorate call forth!

Mexican War


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