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Chapter 3: in Mexico. The war of the United States against Mexico, beginning with the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca Mexico, beginning with the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma in Western Texas, had rolled its waves, under General Zachary Taylor, up the Rio Grande, and into the province o
to rearrange and recruit his force, moved upon the city of Mexico with about eleven thousand men, August 7, 1847. President second lieutenant.
No other officer in the whole army in Mexico was promoted so often for meritorious conduct, or made so hospitality, and flowing courtesy of the Spanish gentry in Mexico; and, like Napier, among their kindred in their mother-cou al to their beautiful climate, in integrity and character, Mexico would have been the most alluring home for him in the worl
He therefore sought the acquaintance of the Archbishop of Mexico, introduced, probably, by his monastic friends, and had a ch which he should select as his own.
His residence in Mexico, however, was not long protracted.
On March 5, 1848, an a
Chapter 3: in Mexico. The war of the United States against Mexico, beginning with the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma in Western Texas, had rolled its waves, under General Zachary Taylor, up the Rio Grande, and into the province of New Leon. Monterey was occupied after a sanguinary victory, and the advanced forces had proceeded as far as Saltillo. But it was apparent, at the end of 1846, that successes on this line of operations would never bring peace, because it could only lead the arms of the United States aside from the heart of their enemy's strength. To reach the capital, a circuitous inland march would have been necessary; while the overpowering navy of the Union, if once Vera Cruz were occupied, would enable them to base upon the sea-coast a direct and short line of advance, by the great National Road. General Winfield Scott, who had been sent out as commander-in-chief of the whole forces, was therefore allowed to carry out his plan for organizing a powerf