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To: VOA
At Tucson, the Mexican defenders temporarily abandoned their positions and no conflict ensued.

... In fairness, the Mexicans were maybe being prudent in making a temporary surrender, er, withdrawal.

Per my buddy at the Museum of Arizona History - At the time the Mormon Battalion headed towards Tucson, the garrison in Tucson was a shadow of the force the Spanish kept there in the past - between 30 to 40 reuglars supplemented by a similar number of part-time militia. Most of the regulars were effectively militia themselves, holding down part-time jobs in the small town of Tucson or prospecting for gold or silver in the wilderness of Southern Arizona.

I think discretion would be the better part of valor in this case. There are a few Mormon Battalion monuments scattered around southern Arizona, including the presumed site of The Battle of the Bulls.

25 posted on 05/04/2006 10:50:11 AM PDT by AzSteven
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To: AzSteven
I remember from history classes that the Mormon Battalion was in very rough shape by the time they got to San Diego. For a bunch of 'farm boys' who marched so far, they must have suffered miserably en route. Gen. Kearny's 'trained soldiers' didn't do much better and had to go get help from a distant relative of mine after the Mexican milita kicked their butts at Mule Hill.

Frankly long travel in the days before antibiotics, motor vehicles, and antiperspirant must have been horrendous.

26 posted on 05/04/2006 10:56:50 AM PDT by pikachu (For every action there is an equal and opposite government program)
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