Dilworth's Diary Of Rankin

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Rankin was only 18 years old when he entered the United States Military Academy at West Point. Dilworth may have seen West Point as his only opportunity to get ahead in life. In the Spring of 1846 Dilworth 's company was ordered to Southern Texas, where hostilities had already broken out between United States troops and the Mexican Army. From April 28 to September 19, 1846, Dilworth kept an almost daily diary of his journey. In his diary recorded his thoughts and readers can see his homesickness as he wonders "if I will ever go to church again where I hear the English language spoken." His diary also reveals his personal thoughts about Mexico, he compares it to "a magnificent flower garden," he also shared his thoughts on how beautiful he thought

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