I Googled -Captain Naylor Mexican War- and this result is a scanned book about the events of the Mexican War. Click on the link and you at page 484. Scroll back to page 261 and a discription of the same incident, "...party of guerillas had succeeded in breaking open the mule yard..." Read earlier pages for the major defeat suffer in two battles Aug 19-20, 1847.
Notes of the Mexican War, 1846-47-48: Comprising Incidents, ... - Google Books Resultby J. Jacob Oswandel - 1885 - Mexican War, 1846-1848 - 642 pages
Charles Naylor, of the Second Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, ... were coming to destroy their government and to take possession of the Mexican Dominion, ...
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Page 244 starts Chapter V and first date of diary is Aug 7th, 1847
Page 264 to 265 accounts Sperry's death. Seems he was in the hospital so it might have been a medical discharge, then recovered enough to join the mule party as a volunteer officer.
Another website with Mexican War Time line:
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