What Happened in May 1846

  • The Siege Of Fort Texas Begins

    The Siege of Fort Texas began on May 3. Mexican artillery at Matamoros opened fire on Fort Texas, which replied with its own guns. The bombardment... Read more

  • Victory At Palo Alto

    On May 8, 1846, General Zachary Taylor defeated a detachment of the Mexican army in a two-day battle at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma. This... Read more

  • Battle Of Resaca De La Palma

    At the Battle of Resaca de la Palma, one of the early engagements of the Mexican-American War, United States General Zachary Taylor engaged the... Read more

  • The Siege Of Fort Texas Ends

    The Siege of Fort Texas marked the beginning of active campaigning by the armies of the United States and Mexico during the Mexican-American War.... Read more

  • James K. Polk Delivers A Message To Congress

    By then, Polk had received word of the Thornton Affair. This, added to the Mexican government's rejection of Slidell, Polk believed, constituted a... Read more

  • Occupation Of Matamoros

    U.S. troops occupy Matamoros, Tamaulipas, with no resistance. More than 300 sick and wounded Mexicans captured in the hospitals. Also abandoned... Read more

  • John Quincy Adams Speaks To The House

    Former President John Quincy Adams also expressed his belief that the war was fundamentally an effort to expand slavery in a speech he gave before... Read more