I think the correct number will never be known. And it is really academic. There were a lot of deserters and some of them turned coat. I recall that the Romans never had exact numbers of their army because they thought it was bad luck. Maybe the Old US Army thought the same.
As to the merits of Smith or Bauer on the 1847 conquest, its like comparing Prescott and Thomas on the 16th century conquest.
James B. Ronan II
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