First Battle of Tuxpan

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First Battle of Tuxpan
Part of Mexican-American War
Date 18 April 1847
Location Tuxpan, Veracruz
Result United States victory
Belligerents
 United States  Mexico
Commanders and leaders
Matthew C. Perry Martin Perfecto de Cos
Strength
Mosquito Fleet
1,519 marines[1]:337
300-400[1]:337
Casualties and losses
2 killed,
19 wounded[1]:337
unknown

The First Battle of Tuxpan was the only major battle fought during the Mexican-American War at Tuxpan, Mexico.[1]:337

Background[edit]

Commodore Matthew C. Perry's Home Squadron extended its blockade of Mexico's eastern ports to include Tuxpan and Tabasco, more commonly known as Villahermosa.[1]:337 Perry's Mosquito Fleet carrying a landing force of 1,519 men and four pieces of artillery, reached the mouth of the Tuxpan River on 17 April. The Mexicans had five batteries with eight guns each, and about 400 men under the command of General Martin Perfecto de Cos, along the six mile approach to the town.[1]:337

Battle[edit]

On 18 April, Perry's crafts towed 30 barges upriver, and secured two downriver fortifications and those at the edge of town by 3 PM.[1]:337 The town surrendered by 4 PM, when Perry removed the guns and destroyed the fortifications before evacuating the town on 22 April, keeping a pair of craft to blockade the river.[1]:337

References[edit]

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

Additional Reading[edit]

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

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