Gallant Charge of the Kentuckians at the Battle of Buena Vista, Feby. 23rd 1847, and Complete Defeat of the Mexicans

Credit: Library of Congress
Media type: engraving
Museum Number: LC-USZ62-6228
Annotation: After losing Monterrey to American forces in September of 1846 Antonio Lopez De Santa, who had returned from exile in to seize power in Mexico City, raised a force of 25000 men to engage American Major General Zachary Taylor in a mountain pass in Buena Vista, Mexico. The ensuing battle and American victory would propel Taylor to political prominence and the American presidency. Jefferson Davis, the Future president of the Confederate States of America, was wounded while leading his Mississippi regiment at the Battle of Buena Vista.
Year: 1847