mexican american war

History will always repeat itself.

So when this stupid fucking wall is built, I hope after 4 years we all get together on both sides and tear that shit down like they did the one in Berlin and drink cervezas and dance all night atop its ruins. 

The Mississippi Rifles by Ken Riley

Under the command of Colonel Jefferson Davis, the Mississippi Rifles fight off the large Mexican force at Buena Vista, February 23, 1847.

A decade earlier, Jefferson had married Sarah Knox Taylor against the wishes of her father, Zachary Taylor, who would be his commanding officer at Buena Vista. Sarah died tragically at only 21, and Davis had since remarried, but after his performance that day, Gen. Taylor reportedly apologized for his opposition with the line "My daughter, sir, was a better judge of men than I was.“

(National Guard)


We are the Global Majority.

Dare to struggle, dare to win.

Hey, John Kelly! Psst! Over here!

We compromised about slavery at the Constitutional Convention. Hell, we protected slavery in the Constitution. We compromised about slavery in an extended series of legislative agreements governing the admission of new states to the US from 1820-1850. We compromised about slavery when we saved Texas’ butt when Mexico was about to take them back before the Mexican-American War. The entire history of the United States prior to the Civil War is a history of compromises about slavery.

The Civil War was not caused because Americans didn’t compromise. The Civil War happened because, as Lincoln put it, the nation could not remain half slave and half free. It had to be all one thing, or all the other.

shit people at my school have said that guys in the gang would probably say #8
  • *from the back of the class in the middle of a test*
  • Steve: *whispering loudly* Soda, that's racist!
  • Sodapop: I only said it because I like tacos...

1. Medallon del Batallón de San Patricio.

2. Bandera del Batallón de San Patricio.

3. Banderas de Irlanda y México(1846).

Desertores católicos, en su mayoría irlandeses del Ejército Estadounidense que pasaron al Ejército Nacional Mexicano al sentirse identificados con los mexicanos al recordar la represión por parte de los ingleses y los oficiales estadounidenses.


Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Last weekend I visited the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison, Wisconsin. It is a free museum with excellent exhibits, a manageable floor plan, and it is located on the beautiful capitol square. Here are links to my individual posts on the museum:

Part One: The Civil War

Part Two: The Spanish-American War

Part Three: The Mexican Border War and World War One

Part Four: World War Two
I Don’t Want to Watch Slavery Fan Fiction
When people create alternate histories, they are largely replicating a history we already know.
By Roxane Gay

This show’s premise highlights the limits of the imagination in a world where oppression thrives. These creators can imagine a world where the Confederacy won the Civil War and black people are still enslaved, but they can’t or aren’t interested in imagining a world where, say, things went in a completely different direction after the Civil War and, say, white people are enslaved. Or a world where slavery never happened at all. What would happen in a show where American Indians won the conflicts in which they were embroiled as the British and French and other European nations colonized this country? What would happen if Mexicans won the Mexican-American War and Texas and California were still part of Mexico?

It is curious that time and again, when people create alternate histories, they are largely replicating a history we already know, and intimately. They are replicating histories where whiteness thrives and people of color remain oppressed.

El día más trágico para México: 15 de septiembre de 1847.

Tras abandonar el Gobierno Federal la Capital y ordenar Santa Anna al ejército la retirada de la capital por no tener sentido la defensa a falta de tropas, y especialmente de artillería, y la poca actitud combativa de la población, se retiran los restos del ejército mexicano el día 13 de septiembre por la noche, el 15 la bandera de las barras y las estrellas ondearía en Palacio Nacional hasta junio de 1848, y el 16 las tropas estadounidenses marcharon por la Alameda y la calle de Plateros (hoy Francisco I. Madero) mientras civiles lanzaban insultos y piedras al invasor.


Batalla de Chapultepec, 13 de septiembre de 1847, Invasión Estadounidense a México.

La última defensa de la Ciudad de México 

El Preludio:

  Tras las derrotas mexicanas de la Batalla de Padierna, en el que los Mexicanos perdieron el 19-20 de agosto en el que el Ejército Nacional Mexicano perdió al Ejército del Norte, comandado por el General Gabriel Valencia, de casi 4000 hombres, 700 muertos, 1224 heridos y 843 capturados, 22 piezas de artillería, la mitad de gran calibre, con su parque y su depósito de pólvora, mismas que se usaron el Molino del Rey y Chapultepec y el resto de tropas dispersas, algunos de ellos hacia la ciudad de México, muchos más huyendo por el camino a Toluca entre ellos el mismo Valencia, de quien hablaré mañana.

 La inmediata Batalla de Chapultepec, donde los Generales Pedro María Anaya y Manuel Rincón, detuvieron a los estadounidenses hasta el final del parque sacrificándose sus 1300 hombres, entre ellos el hoy famoso Batallón de San Patricio, de origen principalmente irlandés dirigido por John Riley, y el menos afamado Regimiento de Piquetes de Tlapa, formado por vecinos principalmente españoles del entonces Pueblo de Coyoacán,  para que el resto del Ejército Mexicano pudiera retirarse al siguiente anillo defensivo de la Capital, El Sistema de Garitas, terminando con 139 muertos, 99 heridos y el resto prisioneros.

 Y la más reciente pérdida del Ejército Nacional Mexicano, hacía 5 días en la cercana Batalla de Molino del Rey, en donde luego de casi obtener una contundente victoria, la inacción de la División de Caballería al Mando de Juan Álvarez de 2700 caballos y su huída del campo de batalla hizo que la infantería que sumaba cerca de 4000 hombres y 6 piezas de artillería y su sacrificio de 769 hombres entre muertos (entre los que figuraban los Generales Antonio de León, Francisco Perez, el Coronel Lucas Balderas y el Capitán Margarito Zuazo con su heroica hazaña por rescatar la bandera del Batallón de Artillería de Mina) heridos y prisioneros y la pérdida de 3 piezas de artillería que quedaron clavadas quedara en una victoria irrelevante.


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anonymous asked:

your posts of how young alfred is compared to the others is making me think of just how old all the others are. i mean, imagine young arthur and alfred meeting. arthur’s dealing with several invasions all at once, and alfred’s just never really experienced that.

that’s the thing isn’t it? three, four or five hundred years may seem like a long time in our human life. but for the rest? many of them are over a thousand or more. i very much like the idea of there being generations between the hetalia personifications, so people like america, mexico, cuba, germany are very much children of the modern era. born shaped by the climate of the enlightenment and the violence unleashed by europe’s naval empires, by industrialisation and modernisation. whereas many of the european nations including england are medieval. many born after or close to the collapse of the western roman empire. others like china and iran are ancient. they remember the roman empire, they even remember the time when rome was nothing but one of many unremarkable city-states. each of them grow up in a very different time and so it is between arthur and alfred. 

alfred, in my headcanon, is very much a mixed-race kid but he grows up raised as essentially the son of an english lord, in an environment where that heritage is deliberately not acknowledged, where his guardian essentially tells him his goal is to grow up to be a Fine Englishman who is a Credit to his Lord Father. this isn’t exactly a healthy setting but it’s got some comparative stability next to arthur’s beginnings. i’m still deciding exactly when he would be ‘born’ but i think at least before the arrival of the normans. whereas alfred grows up fast, arthur spends a considerable part of his childhood being passed from monarch to monarch, conqueror to conqueror. he learns norman french, gets used to a foreign language sliding in place and making what was once familiar now alien- the reason modern english vocabulary has such a romance flavour. alfred isn’t a complete stranger to conflict on home soil because of course; there’s conflict with the other native american nations from the beginning, the revolutionary war, the mexican-american war, the war of 1812, the american civil war… but in my headcanon, many of the latter occur when he is much older and not a child. so, being a dirt child™ is tough because it’s like a hideous game of capture flag when you’re physically still a kid.  

and so yes. in 1945, alfred is practically a child in the eyes of the other big 5. england, france and russia are probably more than a thousand years old, china? even more so. he is a boy, and a boy is suddenly king of the world.