After the battle of Braceti (q. v.), Col. Alexander W. Doniphan
entered El Paso
without opposition, and sent a messenger to hurry up artillery which he had sent for to Santa Fe. It arrived on Feb. 1, 1847, and on the 11th he set out for Chihuahua
in search of General Wool
After marching 145 miles he learned that Wool
was not at Chihuahua
He pressed forward, however, and halted near the Sacramento River
, about 18 miles from the city of Chihuahua
, in the State
of the same name.
There he was confronted (Feb. 28) by about 4,000 Mexican
cavalry, infantry, and artillery.
After a contest of about three hours, the Mexicans were routed by the men under Doniphan
Twelve of their cannon were captured, with ammunition and other munitions of war. The loss of the Mexicans was about 600 men; of the Americans
then pressed forward, and entered Chihuahua
, a city of 40,000 inhabitants, without opposition, and planted the American
flag upon its citadel.
He took formal possession of the province in the name of the United States
After resting there six weeks, Doniphan
pushed forward and joined Wool
(May 22). See Mexico, War with