Death of an Honored General 1872

July 4, 1872 marked the death of US colonel Carlos Alvarez de la Mesa, a Spanish immigrant who fought at Gettysburg for the Union in the Garibaldi Guard.  He was wounded in the battle, and was medically discharged shortly afterwards. His family donated over 200 letters that he wrote during the war to the New York State Military Museum. Among tragic descriptions of war, he writes of his passionate love for his American born wife, Fannie, “I love you Fannie! I love you more every day and every day that passes the more and more I feel it.” De la Mesa was the grandfather of Major General Terry de la Mesa Allen, who served our country during World War II.