At Monterrey1

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At Monterrey, Grant participated in the attack on the Black Fort, the city's main defense.  Almost a third of the American force was killed or wounded in the first assault, and the  Army regrouped at a different location. Grant, who had commandeered a horse for the  first charge, offered it to another officer and grabbed another mount from his  quartermaster contingent. In the second charge, the first officer was killed, and Grant– as the only other mounted officer–became the new commander for the detachment.  Grant and his troops fought a house-to-house battle through the city, and the entire  force took heavy losses. A negotiated peace allowed the Mexicans to retreat from the  city with their weapons, much to Taylor's chagrin. Nonetheless, the battle had been enough of a success to boost Taylor's fame across the  country, and he began to be talked about as a possible Presidential candidate. The 
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Summer '08 term at Texas State.

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