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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