Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Mexican War Collection
mssMWC  
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (54.96 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Overview
 
Table of contents What's This?
Description
Collection of letters and documents related to the Mexican War and settlement of Texas.
Background
Relations between the U.S. and Mexico disintegrated after the annexation of Texas by the U.S. in 1845. In November of that year, President Polk's emissary to Mexico, John Slidell, failed to negotiate the differences, and in January 1846 the president sent American troops under General Zachary Taylor into the disputed territory bounded by the Nueces and Rio Grande Rivers in Texas. When the Mexicans attacked and captured an American patrol party, Polk urged Congress to declare war. Following the battle of Matamoros, Taylor proceeded inland with his army, and reached the town of Monterrey, where he engaged in battle with the defending troops of General Pedro de Ampudia. After three days of combat, the Mexicans surrendered and negotiated an armistice with General Taylor. The Americans occupied the city of Monterrey until the end of the war.
Extent
1.20 Linear Feet (1 box)
Restrictions
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
Availability
Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.