Zachary Taylor

Zachary Taylor

Mexican-American War · US Army · Major General

Mexican-American War hero and 12th President of the United States of America.

Other Service
Service Start Date

1808

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Service End Date

1849

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Branch

Army

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Conflict Period

Other Service

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Served For

United States of America

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War of 1812 (1812 - 1815)
Rank

Captain

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Conflict Period

War of 1812

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Branch

Army

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Rank

Major (brevet)

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Rank

Brigadier General

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Battles

Siege of Fort Harrison

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Served For

United States of America

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Mexican-American War (1846 - 1848)
Conflict Period

Mexican-American War

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Rank

Major General

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Branch

Army

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Battles

Battle of Palo Alto, Battle of Resaca de la Palma, Battle of Monterrey, Battle of Buena Vista

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Served For

United States of America

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Stories about Zachary Taylor

Battle of Palo Alto

  • Brownsville, Texas

The Battle of Palo Alto, occurring on 8 May 1846 near Brownsville, Texas, was the first big battle of the Mexican-American War. Zachary Taylor led about 2,300 men against more than 3,500 Mexicans under Mariano Arista. The Americans’ “flying artillery” gave them a great advantage, as did the failure of two attempted Mexican cavalry charges. At the end of the day of battle, neither side had obtained conclusive victory, but the Mexicans’ decision to withdraw rather than fight the next day ended the battle in the Americans’ favor. This and subsequent victories made Taylor a war hero, which bolstered his campaign when he ran for president in 1848.

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