Palo Alto, locality not far from Brownsville, Tex., where the first battle of the
fought on May 8, 1846. American troops under Gen. Zachary Taylor defeated a Mexican force
led by Gen. Mariano Arista, who retreated to Resaca de la Palma.
Resaca de la Palma
Resaca de la Palma valley, an abandoned bed of the Rio Grande, N of Brownsville, Tex., where
the second battle of the Mexican War was fought, May 9, 1846. Mexican troops under Gen.
Mariano Arista, retreating south after the battle of
, were defeated by American forces
led by Gen. Zachary Taylor.
Buena Vista, battle of
Buena Vista, battle of, military engagement in the Mexican War, fought Feb. 22–23, 1847. The
battle site was just S of Saltillo, Coahuila, in Mexico. Gen. Zachary
, disobeying orders
from the U.S. government, had advanced here. Gen. Santa Anna, having gathered a Mexican
army, made a long march north and, attacking Taylor's forces furiously, outflanked them. The
fighting was hard and at the end of the second day seemed a drawn battle, but on the night of