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18 April 1847

Slaget ved Cerro Gordo ble utkjempet under den mexicansk-amerikanske krig. Amerikanske tropper under Winfield Scott angrep den tallmessig overlegne mexicanske hæren under Santa Anna i flanken og fordrev den fra en sterk forsvarsstilling.... Read more ...

18 April 1847

Amerikanerne seiret i slaget ved Cerro Gordo
Slaget ved Cerro Gordo ble utkjempet under den mexicansk-amerikanske krig. Amerikanske tropper under Winfield Scott angrep den tallmessig overlegne mexicanske hæren under Santa Anna i flanken og fordrev den fra en sterk forsvarsstilling. Amerikanske styrker hadde kort tid i forveien erobret havnen i Veracruz og var nå på vei mot Mexico City.

General Antonio López de Santa Anna, som var øverstkommanderende for de mexikanske troppene i området, blokkerete general Scotts fremmarsj ved Cerro Gordo med flere enn 12 000 soldater i en befestet kløft. I hans hær var restene av Nordhæren på 5 650 mann, mens resten var forsterkninger fra hovedstaden.

Robert E. Lee, som var kaptein i det amerikanske ingeniørkorpset, oppdaget at en fjellsti førte rundt Santa Annas stilling. Scott manøvrerte hurtig hovedstyrken inn på denne stien og rammet mexicanerne i flanken. En hurtig kamp fulgte, og Santa Annas hær ble drevet på flukt.

Mexicanerne mistet 1 000 drepte og sårede, mens ytterligere 3 000 ble tatt til fange. Amerikanerne hadde 64 døde og 353 sårede. General Santa Anna blev overrasket av Illinois 4. frivillige infanteriregiment og måtte flykte til hest uten sitt kunstige ben. Benet står nå utstilt på et museum i Illinois.


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