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Unformatted text preview: In August 1846, Taylor made a move towards Monterrey, the largest city in the area. The heat forced the army to travel at night and contributed to a general lethargy among the pack animalswhich became Grant's problem as quartermaster. His treatment of the situation underscored one of his character traits, that he never is known to have uttered an expletive: "I am not aware of ever having used a profane expletive in my life; but I would have the charity to excuse those who have done so, if they were in charge of a train of Mexican pack animals at the time." As with everything else, Grant approached the pack animals as detached and emotionless, not allowing himself to get worked up enough to curse. 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...
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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.
- Summer '08