From the 25 April 1914 issue of The New York Times.

RECALLS FIRST MEXICAN WAR.


Veteran, 89, Says “Sniping” Was Done with Bricks.
Special to The New York Times.

WASHINGTON, N.J., April 24.—Garner De Reamer, 89 years old, who served under Gen. Winfield Scott and in the same artillery regiment with Robert E. Lee, told his friends here to-day that he was ready to enlist again.

The old warrior tells of the march from Vera Cruz to Mexico City, which Scott’s men took by wagon road.

“The greatest resistance,” he said, “was at Cerro Gordo, a natural stronghold, and our boys will have to be just as careful to-day. Here there is a gorge as a passageway, and the Mexican Army under Santa Ana thought it could defy the world at this point.

“I remember how Lieut. Lee offered to place the American guns on the opposite plateau, and, although he doubted the success of the effort, Gen. Scott gave orders to the civil engineer to do as Lee told him.

“The heavy guns were taken apart during the night and carried by the men with great difficulty up the mountainside, and had been placed in position for use before daybreak. The Mexicans were thunderstruck when they saw the guns in the morning and fled terror-stricken.”

The old veteran says that it is nothing new from Mexicans to do “sniping” from housetops.

“When we entered Mexico City, those Mexicans that did not have guns threw bricks at us from the housetops,” he said. “I remember one of our officers was struck, and Gen. Scott sent word along the line that if another brick were thrown the houses would be shelled. Brick-throwing ceased.”

Mr. De Reamer served three years with the Fifteenth New Jersey Volunteers in the civil war.