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The Mexican War and General Zachary Taylor in
Corpus Christi

In 1845, on the eve of Texas' admission to the Union,
President James Polk was preparing to go to war with Mexico. General Zachary Taylor was ordered to move his troops to a position within the disputed Nueces strip, a place called Corpus Christi. Colonel Henry Lawrence Kinney had written Washington touting Corpus Christi as the ideal strategic location. By the autumn of 1845, the army established headquarters on Water St. An encampment of 4,000 soldiers consisted of a thousand white tents along a mile and a half of beach. The War ended in 1848 establishing the Rio Grande as the international boundary between the United States and Mexico from El Paso to the Gulf coast.

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John B. Dunn
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