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Echoes of the Mexican War 109
Patriotic meetings were held in Cincinnati that spring, and the new Fourth Ohio Regiment of Volunteers was formed.3 Under the command of Colonel Brough the regiment sailed for New Orleans on July 2 in three steamers.4 The appeals for volunteers continued in this fashion :5
All who enlist receive a bounty of 160 acres of land at the end of the war, $42 per year for clothing and $7 per month for pay. This regiment is destined for the table lands in Mexico —than which there is no healthier spot on earth.
Dunning Foster was moved to enlist; he went to Pittsburgh in June 1847 to join the "Pittsburgh Blues." It was June 1848 before he returned, weakened from illness incurred in service.6
The facts that he had "a son in the General Land Office at Washington and one in the army under General Scott" were cited in advertisements which the father of Morrison, Dunning and Stephen published in the Pittsburgh newspapers in the late summer of 1847. William B. Foster had an office in Pittsburgh "for the purpose of procuring Land Warrants at the seat of Government for the discharged soldiers of the Regular Army as well as Volunteers who have served their country in the present war with Mexico."7