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Mexican-American War 170th: An Occupation, a Diplomat, and a Pause

Winfield Scott’s army had not been idle since its victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo. After defeating Santa Anna’s forces, Scott’s Americans continued pushing further into the Mexican countryside. While there were small skirmishes as irregular Mexican forces nipped … Continue reading

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The “Mythical” Martin Scott

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Frank Jastrzembski Not many army officers serving in the U.S.-Mexican War had as much respect and experience as Lt. Colonel Martin Scott of Vermont. Scott established a solid reputation over three decades of army service for … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: Battle of Cerro Gordo

Vera Cruz had fallen, and Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna had to act. Serving as both Mexico’s president and the commanding general of its armies, Santa Anna prepared to move against the American forces beginning to make their way inland. … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: Siege of Vera Cruz

Morning of March 29, 1847 came and brought two long parallel lines of American troops. The soldiers, begrimed and dirty from the exertions of the past 20 days, formed a gauntlet that their defeated foe would march through. The rows … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: Vera Cruz Landings

Cannon pointed out of their gun ports, aimed at the walled city in the distance. With commands to fire, the naval ordnance roared to life and the guns recoiled, pulling their holding ropes taught. Dirty white smoke fluttered across the … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: Battle of Buena Vista

February 23, 1847: 170 years ago today, the mountain passes and gorges near the hacienda of Buena Vista filled with the ripping crackles of musketry and booming concussion of artillery. The day saw a numerically superior Mexican force throwing itself … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: The Politics of Command

On November 19, 1846 Winfield Scott went to see President James Polk and the Secretary of War. Convening at the Executive Mansion, the three sat to talk about the ongoing war with Mexico. As the commanding general of the United … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: The March on Monterrey

This past spring, Emerging Civil War started to cover the 170th Anniversaries of the Mexican-American War. But since the Battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma in May, the war hasn’t been mentioned. This was not an oversight, … Continue reading

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Winfield Scott Reconsidered

On this day in 1841, precisely 175 years ago, Major General Winfield Scott became Commanding General of the U.S. Army. He held this post for 20 years and four months, longer than any other Commanding General or U.S. Army Chief … Continue reading

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North of the Tweed and South of the Potomac: A Tale of Two Roberts and Two Prayers That Changed the Course of History (part two)

In commemoration of Robert E. Lee’s birthday, ECW is pleased to present the second of a two-part piece by guest author Richard G. Williams, Jr. Robert E. Lee had given his whole life to the Union for which his father, … Continue reading

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