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 Posted: Fri Feb 22nd, 2013 04:01 pm
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Texas Defender

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  Jefferson Davis' reputation as a military leader was made during the Mexican War at the Battle of Buena Vista. The battle began on this date in 1847, with the main action taking place on the following day. Colonel Davis' regiment, the Mississippi Rifles, ably supported by the Third Indiana, repulsed a large scale Mexican assault and saved the day for General Taylor.

  Here is an account of the battle:

Mexican-American War: Battle of Buena Vista

  And here is General Taylor's official report, in which he highly praises his former son-in-law:

Official Report of the Battle of Buena Vista

  In the battle, Mr. Davis suffered a wound at the base of an ankle that kept him on crutches for a considerable time, and caused him pain from time to time throughout his life.

  As an aside, the son of the: "Great Compromiser," Henry Clay was killed in the battle. His father had been opposed to the war.

  Here is a memorial to LTC Henry Clay, Jr. :

Henry Clay, Jr (1811 - 1847) - Find A Grave Memorial

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