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In September 1845, Grant's Fourth Infantry Regiment went to war. Although the army,  under the command of General Zachary Taylor, was officially only an army of  observation designed to ensure the uneventful annexation of Texas, few doubted that  the army would soon become active militarily. As Grant later wrote, "We were sent to  provoke a fight, but it was essential that Mexico should commence it." In fact, in  September the army boarded ships in Louisiana and sailed for Corpus Christi, Texas,  where it became an army of occupation. The three thousand soldiers set up a neat  camp outside the town, and Grant participated in the plays directed by his West Point  friend James Longstreet–who went on to become the second- in-command of the  Confederate Army in the Civil War.
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