What was the Battle of Cerro Gordo (1847)?

Introduction The Battle of Cerro Gordo, or Battle of Sierra Gordo, was an engagement in the Mexican-American War on 18 April 1847. The battle saw Winfield Scott’s United States troops outflank Antonio López de Santa Anna’s larger Mexican army, driving it from a strong defensive position. Background After United States forces captured the port of… Read More

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What is the Saint Patrick’s Battalion?

Introduction The Saint Patrick’s Battalion (Spanish: Batallón de San Patricio, later reorganised as the Foreign Legion of Patricios) was a unit of 175 to several hundred (accounts vary) immigrants and expatriates of European descent who fought as part of the Mexican Army against the United States in the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848. Formed and led… Read More