Stories of Our Country (Bk. 3,

 
9780217472227: Stories of Our Country (Bk. 3,

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1887. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... XXXVII. BUENA VISTA. 1. Soon after Texas was admitted into the Union, a war broke out between the United States and Mexico. The United States claimed Texas as an independent country, while Mexico regarded it as a revolted State. A United States army, under General Taylor, took possession of the disputed territory, and this led to collisions with the Mexican forces, and soon after to a declaration of war. Then General Taylor was ordered to advance across the Rio Grande into the Mexican territory. With a small force not exceeding five thousand men, he crossed the river and drove away the Mexican army sent to oppose him, and took up his line of march for the important city of Monterey. This place contained ten thousand inhabitants, and was held by a Mexican force of ten thousand men. With his little army Taylor boldly advanced to the attack, and for three days the battle lasted, the Mexicans fighting bravely from street to street. At last the determined valor of the Northern soldiers won, and the Mexicans were forced to capitulate. 2. Taylor remained at Monterey from November to February, hoping that, with the fall of the city, the war would terminate. But, at the end of that time, he was again ordered to advance. His army now numbered in all only five thousand men, and with this small force he marched into the heart of a country of eight million inhabitants. In his advance he was obliged to traverse narrow passes in the mountains to reach the plains above; and, after a toilsome march, he found himself face to face with the Mexican general, Santa Anna, at the head of an army of twenty thousand men. 3. Knowing the disparity of forces, General Taylor immediately took position in the pass of Buena Vista, where he awaited the movement of the Mexicans. The high...

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