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Unformatted text preview: On May 3, 1846, the Americans got the war they came for. Mexican General Mariano Arista opened fire on the American positions with artillery. Grant, twenty-five miles away on the coast, could hear the gunfire and "felt sorry" he had enlisted. As he returned to the beleaguered force, he and the rest of Taylor's army met a large Mexican force– Grant's first experience in battle. The Mexicans, although superior in number, found themselves hopelessly outgunned by the American howitzers, which tore large holes in the Mexican ranks. Grant escaped from the encounter unharmed, although he saw his first man die in combat when a cannon shell exploded nearby, killing one and injuring Grant's captain. Grant's accounts of the incidents, and later his accounts of dozen more battles, were always matter-of-fact, devoid of emotion, recording only the incident and never his...
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