Volunteers and the Battle of Buena Vista

  • 2016

Volunteers and the Battle of Buena Vista

Author:
Matthew Russell
Abstract:

This paper re-examines the historiography surrounding the Battle of Buena Vista during the Mexican-American War. Rather than crediting the Regular Army's artillery, this paper proposes that the volunteers, most of whom were inexperienced, were adequate soldiers for the task and that General Zachary Taylor suffered no loss in capability when most of his Regular regiments were reassigned. A combination of training and leadership ensured that Taylor's volunteers were up to the task of holding ground against a vastly numerically superior Mexican force.