Battle of Huamantla

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Battle of Huamantla
Part of the Mexican-American War
Walker-huamantla.jpg
The death of Capt. Walker
Date October 9, 1847
Location Huamantla, Tlaxcala
Result American victory
Belligerents
 United States  Mexico
Commanders and leaders
Joseph Lane Antonio López de Santa Anna
Strength
2,700[1]:330 2,000[1]:331
Casualties and losses
13 killed
11 wounded[1]:331
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The Battle of Huamantla was a U.S. victory late in the Mexican-American War that forced the Mexican Army to lift the Siege of Puebla.[1]:331

Background[edit]

Santa left Puebla at the end of Sept., to intercept Joseph Lane's relief column, planning an ambush at Paso del Pintal.[1]:331 Learning of Santa Anna's men at Huamantla, Lane left his train under guard and marched toward that city, Captain Samuel H. Walker's four companies of cavalry in the lead.[1]:331

Battle[edit]

Walker charged, upon seeing Santa Anna's lancers, driving the Mexicans from the town.[1]:331 Santa Anna led a counterattack, Walker was shot by a civilian in a nearby house, and his men retreated into a church.[1]:331 The Mexicans then retreated to Querétaro.[1]:331

Lane turned his troops loose in a drunken sack of the town.[1]:331 They reached Puebla on 12 Oct. to lift the siege.[1]:331

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Bauer, K.J., 1974, The Mexican War, 1846-1848, New York:Macmillan, ISBN0803261071

Additional Reading[edit]

  • Nevin, David; editor, The Mexican War (1978)

External links[edit]

Justin H. Smith's The War with Mexico

Coordinates: 19°18′46″N 97°55′26″W / 19.31269°N 97.923862°W / 19.31269; -97.923862