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Lachlan Allan MacLean Drawings

Identifier: AC 423

Scope and Content

The collection consists of eleven pen-and-ink drawings depicting military life as seen through the eyes of volunteer soldier Lachlan Allan MacLean. These drawings are unique in that they are a visual narrative of one of the notable and colorful facets of the Mexican War (1846-1848). The drawings include an informal portrait of Private John W.H. Patton after battle; the head of a black tailed deer; a wayside grave with a cross; a carreta (cart); Mexicans carrying water in a large wooden bucket; Bent's Fort; a Mexican woodman mounted on a burro; a soldier pulling a mule; a Mexican monument; a plan of the defenses of Santa Rosalia, Chihuahua; and a fountain at Chihuahua.


  • 1846-1847

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Historical Information

Lachlan Allan MacLean was a volunteer soldier with the American troops in the Mexican War. Through his drawings, he recorded the 2,000 mile march of Colonel Alexander Doniphan and his regiment of Missouri Mounted Volunteers. The march, which occurred from 1846-7, took the soldiers from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, through New Mexico and into the Mexican interior. MacLean's drawings illustrated the first book written about the expedition. Published in 1847, Doniphan's Expedition was written by John Taylor Hughes, who was also a member of the regiment. Hughes' book included nine MacLean drawings, which were made into engravings. The Palace of the Governors acquired seven of those published in Hughes' work, and four others not used in the publication.


0.25 Linear Feet

Guide to the Lachlan Allan MacLean Drawings, 1846-1847
Edited Full Draft
Susanne Ristow
© 2008
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090