1867 Austrian Mexico Campaign
to Fight Forces under Benito Juarez
Leading to the Death of Maximilian I
Erzherzog Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph Maria von Österreich
Emperor of Mexico
Original Manuscript Account of the Austrian Military Campaign in Mexico between January and September 1867 which ultimately led to the death of Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico. Folio (21 x 34 cm), 45 pages, written in German in a very legible hand by an Officer of the Austrian Regiment. Vienna, late 1860s. Bound in cloth, with the stamp of the George V Hannover Library on the front endpaper. TOGETHER WITH a CDV of Maximilian I and a Certificate appointing a Doctor to The Imperial Order of Guadalupe SIGNED IN THE ORIGINAL by the Emperor Maximilian. All in very good condition.
A riveting account of the fighting of the Austrian Army under Emperor Maximilian I in particular the battles fighting Generals Marquez and Corona under Benito Juarez which culminated in the death of the Emperor at Querétaro on 19 June 1867. In a remarkable and poignant passage the journal notes:
‘….dort erfuhren wir, daß der Kaiser am 15. Mai in Querétaro gefangen genommen und vor zwei Tagen am 19. Juni ..erschossen worden sei’…
‚…there we learnt that the Kaiser was captured in Querétaro on May 15 and executed two days ago on June 19’…..
Campaign journals of important historical events such as this are very rare.