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Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Political Intrigue — Buena Vista — movement against Vera Cruz-siege and capture of Vera Cruz (search)
ement against Vera Cruz-siege and capture of Vera Cruz The Mexican war was a political war, and out his own original plan: that is, capture Vera Cruz and march upon the capital of the country. d material that would be required to capture Vera Cruz and to march on the capital of the country, o form part of the forces to operate against Vera Cruz, were assembled at the mouth of the Rio Grano Grande to the time of debarkation south of Vera Cruz. The trip was a comfortless one for officer Anton Lizardo, some sixteen miles south of Vera Cruz, as they arrived, and there awaited the remd of Sacrificios, some three miles south of Vera Cruz. The vessels could not get anywhere near shthe troops were landed and the investment of Vera Cruz, from the Gulf of Mexico south of the city tntinued until everything was got ashore. Vera Cruz, at the time of which I write and up to 1880f the town, forts and garrison. On the 29th Vera Cruz and San Juan de Ulloa were occupied by Scott
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, March to Jalapa-battle of Cerro Gordo-Perote-Puebla-Scott and Taylor (search)
l Scott had less than twelve thousand men at Vera Cruz. He had been promised by the administration, there were at that time but two roads from Vera Cruz to the City of Mexico that could be taken bywas very important to get the army away from Vera Cruz as soon as possible, in order to avoid the y the 13th of April before this division left Vera Cruz. The leading division ran against the en18th of April. General Scott had remained at Vera Cruz to hasten preparations for the field; but on Cerro Gordo and in his entire campaign from Vera Cruz to the great plains, reaching to the City of his capital and the mountain passes west of Vera Cruz, was the one he had with him confronting GenGeneral Scott in the mountain passes west of Vera Cruz. His attack on Taylor was disastrous to theng now only nine or ten thousand men west of Vera Cruz, and the time of some four thousand of them indefinite period even if their line back to Vera Cruz should be cut off. It being ascertained that[1 more...]
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Promotion to first Lieutenant-capture of the City of Mexico-the Army-Mexican soldiers- peace negotiations (search)
untain coming up from the south. This pass is very susceptible of defence by a smaller against a larger force. Again, the highest point of the road-bed between Vera Cruz and the City of Mexico is over Rio Frio mountain, which also might have been successfully defended by an inferior against a superior force. But by moving north ized army of the enemy of any size, reinforcements could be got from the Rio Grande, and there were also new volunteers arriving from time to time, all by way of Vera Cruz. Military possession was taken of Cuernavaca, fifty miles south of the City of Mexico; of Toluca, nearly as far west, and of Pachuca, a mining town of great importance, some sixty miles to the north-east. Vera Cruz, Jalapa, Orizaba, and Puebla were already in our possession. Meanwhile the Mexican government had departed in the person of Santa Anna, and it looked doubtful for a time whether the United States commissioner, Mr. Trist, would find anybody to negotiate with. A temporary
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Return of the Army-marriage-ordered to the Pacific coast-crossing the Isthmus-arrival at San Francisco (search)
o by United States troops was ordered. Early in June the troops in the City of Mexico began to move out. Many of them, including the brigade to which I belonged, were assembled at Jalapa, above the vomito, to await the arrival of transports at Vera Cruz: but with all this precaution my regiment and others were in camp on the sand beach in a July sun, for about a week before embarking, while the fever raged with great virulence in Vera Cruz, not two miles away. I can call to mind only one persVera Cruz, not two miles away. I can call to mind only one person, an officer, who died of the disease. My regiment was sent to Pascagoula, Mississippi, to spend the summer. As soon as it was settled in camp I obtained a leave of absence for four months and proceeded to St. Louis. On the 22d of August, 1848, I was married to Miss Julia Dent, the lady of whom I have before spoken. We visited my parents and relations in Ohio, and, at the end of my leave, proceeded to my post at Sackett's Harbor, New York. In April following I was ordered to Detroit, Mic