Tuesday, August 09, 2005

The Mexican War

The Mexican War - National Park Service overview that covers Zachary Taylor's army, the Army of the West, and the Invasion of Mexico City. It includes a map, links, and suggested readings.

Although this war is called the Mexican War, shouldn't it be called the Mexican-American War instead? Do they call it the Mexican War in Mexico? That wouldn't make much sense.

From the site:

On March 24, 1846, an American army commanded by General Zachary Taylor encamped along the northern banks of the Rio Grande, directly across the river from Mexican soldiers. Within a month, hostilities commenced: a large body of Mexican cavalrymen attacked a patrol of dragoons on April 23. Declaring that "American blood had been shed on American soil", President Polk addressed Congress, who declared war on May 13, 1846.

The Mexican-American War was born from the nation's quest for new territory and it's ambition to stretch coast to coast. Questions about Texan independence, disputed territory along the Rio Grande, and revolts in California also contributed to the conflict. The war essentially consisted of three different campaigns. Soldiers once stationed at Fort Scott played a role in each of these campaigns.

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