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Zachary Taylor
From the Field in Mexico, General Zachary Taylor Correctly Foresees the End of the Mexican War Soon after his victory at the Battle of Buena Vista, he also gives a detailed report on his troops and their condition
28/05/1847. “But if reports are at all to be relied on, no forward movement will be necessary…the British Consul…had that morning recd a letter from the British minister in the city of Mexico, that he had been applied to by the Mexican authorities, to solicit his or his government’s good offices to bring about a peace with the U. States…The war may be considered at an end, & no doubt an armistice has been already entered into by the parties concerned until the preliminaries for a final peace can by adjusted.‬ĚThe Battle of Buena Vista on February 23, 1847, was perhaps the most dramatic fight of the Mexican War. After the Battle of Monterey in September 1846, President Polk ordered the bulk of General Zachary Taylor’s veterans and regulars to join an expedition under General Winfield Scott, who would land at Vera Cruz and march on Mexico City. Taylor was to defend his position near Saltillo with 5,000 troops. Mexican General Santa Anna, recognizing this as a military opportunity, moved quickly to catch the Americans while they made their transition. Santa Anna and an army of 20,000 hurried north from San Luis Potosi to crush Taylor before turning south to deal with Scott. Taylor, hearing of the Mexican movement upon his position on February 21, deployed his outnumbered command in a mountain pass near the Hacienda Buena Vista, where his small numbers might do the most good. Santa Anna demanded Taylor’s surrender on February 22, but was refused. The Mexicans then skirmished with the Americans to ascertain their positions and numbers. Santa Anna ordered an all-o … [Click Below for Full Description]
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