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Battle of Palo Alto.
1847
Printer:Printed by E.B. & E.C. Kellogg , American, 1840 - 1867
Publisher:Published by E.B. & E.C. Kellogg , American, 1840 - 1867
Publisher:Published by D. Needham , American, 1808 - 1888
Lithography; printer's ink and watercolor on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 8 1/16 x 12 3/8in. (20.5 x 31.4cm) Sheet (height x width): 10 1/8 x 14in. (25.7 x 35.6cm)
Credit Line: The Newman S. Hungerford Museum Fund
Description: A battle is taking place between cavalry charging from the left and infantry advancing from the right. A horse has fallen with his rider beneath him and another dead or wounded man nearby. At the right, two men suport a wounded officer. Men in military uniforms hold swords, flags, and rifles or muskets with fixed bayonets. A cannon is in the right background. Much of the background is hidden by smoke from artillery fire. A high hill or mountain and palm trees are in the distance.
Historical Note: The Battle of Palo Alto took place on 8 May 1846, and was the first battle of the Mexican American War (1846-1848). General Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) commanded 2900 American troops, and 6000 Mexican troops fought under General Arista. The Mexicans were driven from the ground with great loss.
Inscription: On recto, lithographed title beneath image, "BATTLE OF PALO ALTO. / May 8th 1846, between 2900 Americans, under Genl. Taylor, and 6000 Mexicans under Genl. Arista. The Mexicans were driven from the ground with great loss. / It is remarkable for being the first battle of the war. / [illegible number]". On verso, accession number at lower right, in pencil.
Object Number: 2003.43.0
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