Braceti, or Brazito, battle of.
Col. Alexander W. Doniphan, in command of 1,000 mounted volunteers from Missouri, was detached from General Kearny's command for independent service.
In November, 1846, he marched towards Chihuahua, Mexico, after forcing the Navajo Indians to make a treaty of peace.
His object was to join the forces under General Wool.
At Braceti, or Brazito, in the valley of the Rio del Norte, not far from El Paso.
he was attacked, in his camp, by a large Mexican force (Dec. 22) under Gen. Ponce de Leon, who sent a black flag, bearing the device of a skull and cross-bones, to the American commander, with the message, We will neither take nor give quarter.
Doniphan was surprised, and his men had not time to saddle their horses before the foe — infantry, cavalry, and artillery — assailed them.
Doniphan hastily drew up his men in front of his camp.
The Mexicans fired three rounds in quick succession, and the Missourians all fell upon their faces.