Tag Archives: Zachary Taylor

What If…Zachary Taylor Was Alive During the Civil War?

On July 9, 1850, the 12th president of the U.S. died only 16 months into his first term. But what if Zachary Taylor lived to see the Civil War? Suppose that war did not come to the U.S. sooner had … Continue reading

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March 2022 Maine at War Posts

In March 2022 my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from a Gettysburg mystery solved to Confederate mayhem upon the sea and a young soldier’s last letter before the Wilderness. March 9, 2022: Reign of terror off Nova Scotia, … Continue reading

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The Second Seminole War as a Civil War Training Ground

In the popular narrative of the coming of the Civil War, the U.S.-Mexico War is often identified as the military crucible through which many of the war’s most famous battlefield leaders first passed—gaining lessons in leadership and combat operations under … Continue reading

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Symposium Spotlight: John Pope

Now that you have had a chance to learn more about our presenters for the Seventh Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium, over the coming weeks we will be introducing you to their topics on this year’s theme, Fallen Leaders. First … 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 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: Battle of Monterrey, Conclusion

This post wraps-up ECW’s 170th Anniversary coverage of the Battle of Monterrey. Click here for the other posts relating to the battle. For three days, the American and Mexican armies had fought for control of the city of Monterrey. Now, … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: Battle of Monterrey, pt. 3

The past two days of action had led to this moment. Locked in combat on Sept. 21 and 22, the Mexican and American armies in Monterrey prepared for the final day of fighting. For Zachary Taylor, his lackluster decisions had … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: Battle of Monterrey, pt. 2

In the wake of the bloody fighting around Monterrey, Mexico on Sept. 21, 1846 “a cold, chilly rain” began to fall on the combatants. As soldiers scurried for cover to get out of the deluge, Maj. Gen. Zachary Taylor sought … Continue reading

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