Re: Bolivar Houston Cooke
I found the letter and here is the part concerning Bolivar.Letter dated June 5 1848 from Richard F. Cooke: " I will also inform you that in October last - Bolivar and Col. John Scantland raised a volunteer company in Gainsborough and about the 17th started to Mexico about the 20th of Nobember and forged immediately on to the City of mexico where where they have continued the most of the winter. Scantland was taken sick soon after they got there and the command devolved on Bolivar ever since. I rec'd a letter from Scantland the other day. He informed me that he would join his company again in a day or two. Bolivar has wrote many letters to us, His health has been good and if peace is made writes he will be home in June if he lives. If peace is not made he will not come till next April(?)"
This may give you some dates to help you.