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The great majority chose to remain in the U. The American settlers surging into the newly conquered Southwest were openly contemptuous of Mexican law a civil law system based on the law of Spain as alien and inferior and threw it out the window by enacting reception statutes at the first available opportunity.

However, they recognized the value of a few aspects of Mexican law and carried them over into their new legal systems. For example, most of the southwestern states adopted community property marital property systems. In much of the U. Victory seemed to fulfill Democrats' belief in their country's Manifest Destiny.

Mexican–American War

While Whig Ralph Waldo Emerson rejected war "as a means of achieving America's destiny," he accepted that "most of the great results of history are brought about by discreditable means. A month before the end of the war, Polk was criticized in a United States House of Representatives amendment to a bill praising Major General Zachary Taylor for "a war unnecessarily and unconstitutionally begun by the President of the United States.

Lincoln's attack won luke-warm support from fellow Whigs in Illinois but was harshly counter-attacked by Democrats, who rallied pro-war sentiments in Illinois; Lincoln's Spot resolutions haunted his future campaigns in the heavily Democratic state of Illinois, and were cited by enemies well into his presidency. Many of the military leaders on both sides of the American Civil War had fought as junior officers in Mexico. This list includes Ulysses S. Grant , George B. Johnston , William T. Lee , and the future Confederate President Jefferson Davis. President Ulysses S. Grant , who as a young army lieutenant had served in Mexico under General Taylor, recalled in his Memoirs , published in , that:.

Generally, the officers of the army were indifferent whether the annexation was consummated or not; but not so all of them. For myself, I was bitterly opposed to the measure, and to this day regard the war, which resulted, as one of the most unjust ever waged by a stronger against a weaker nation.

It was an instance of a republic following the bad example of European monarchies, in not considering justice in their desire to acquire additional territory. Grant also expressed the view that the war against Mexico had brought punishment on the United States in the form of the American Civil War :. The Southern rebellion was largely the outgrowth of the Mexican war.

Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions. We got our punishment in the most sanguinary and expensive war of modern times. On the American side, the war was fought by regiments of regulars and various regiments, battalions, and companies of volunteers from the different states of the union and the Americans and some of the Mexicans in the territory of California and New Mexico. On the West Coast, the U. Navy fielded a battalion of sailors, in an attempt to recapture Los Angeles. At the beginning of the war, the U. Army had eight regiments of infantry three battalions , four artillery regiments and three mounted regiments two dragoons, one of mounted rifles.

These regiments were supplemented by 10 new regiments nine of infantry and one of cavalry raised for one year's service new regiments raised for one year according to act of Congress Feb 11, State Volunteers were raised in various sized units and for various periods of time, mostly for one year.

The Occupation of Mexico, May 1846-July 1848

Later some were raised for the duration of the war as it became clear it was going to last longer than a year. One officer's diary records:. We reached Burrita about 5 pm, many of the Louisiana volunteers were there, a lawless drunken rabble. They had driven away the inhabitants, taken possession of their houses, and were emulating each other in making beasts of themselves. O'Sullivan , a vocal proponent of Manifest Destiny, later recollected:.

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The regulars regarded the volunteers with importance and contempt Many of the volunteers were unwanted and considered poor soldiers. The expression "Just like Gaines's army" came to refer to something useless, the phrase having originated when a group of untrained and unwilling Louisiana troops were rejected and sent back by Gen. Taylor at the beginning of the war. The last surviving U.

At the beginning of the war, Mexican forces were divided between the permanent forces permanentes and the active militiamen activos. The permanent forces consisted of 12 regiments of infantry of two battalions each , three brigades of artillery, eight regiments of cavalry, one separate squadron and a brigade of dragoons.

The Occupation of Mexico, May July by Stephen A. Carney

The militia amounted to nine infantry and six cavalry regiments. In the northern territories of Mexico, presidial companies presidiales protected the scattered settlements there. One of the contributing factors to loss of the war by Mexico was the inferiority of their weapons. The Mexican army was using British muskets e. Brown Bess from the Napoleonic Wars. In contrast to the aging Mexican standard-issue infantry weapon, some U. In the later stages of the war, U. Army had ordered 1, in Throughout the war, the superiority of the U.

Political divisions inside Mexico were another factor in the U.

The Occupation of Mexico, May 1846-July 1848

Inside Mexico, the centralistas and republicanos vied for power, and at times these two factions inside Mexico's military fought each other rather than the invading American army. Another faction called the monarchists, whose members wanted to install a monarch some even advocated rejoining Spain , further complicated matters. This third faction would rise to predominance in the period of the French intervention in Mexico. The ease of the American landing at Vera Cruz was in large part due to civil warfare in Mexico City, which made any real defense of the port city impossible.

As Gen. Santa Anna said, "However shameful it may be to admit this, we have brought this disgraceful tragedy upon ourselves through our interminable in-fighting. Saint Patrick's Battalion San Patricios was a group of several hundred immigrant soldiers, the majority Irish, who deserted the U. Army because of ill-treatment or sympathetic leanings to fellow Mexican Catholics. They joined the Mexican army. Most were killed in the Battle of Churubusco ; about were captured by the U.

The leader, Jon Riley , was merely branded since he had deserted prior to the start of the war. Published by Nathaniel Currier in , digitally restored. Despite initial objections from the Whigs and abolitionists, the war would nevertheless unite the U. The army swelled from just over 6, to more than , Of these, approximately 1.


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For years afterward, veterans continued to suffer from the debilitating diseases contracted during the campaigns. During the war, political quarrels in the U.

A brief "All-Mexico" movement urged annexation of the entire territory. Veterans of the war who had seen Mexico at first hand were unenthusiastic.

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Anti-slavery elements opposed that position and fought for the exclusion of slavery from any territory absorbed by the U. The Senate avoided the issue, and a late attempt to add it to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was defeated.