• Flying artillery crew in action.

    Palo Alto Battlefield

    National Historical Park Texas

History & Culture

Capture of Rómulo Díaz de la Vega

Capture of General Rómulo Díaz de la Vega at Resaca de la Palma.

Library of Congress

War on the Horizon

In the Spring of 1846, all eyes turned toward events on the Rio Grande.

When a long-brewing territorial dispute between the United States and Mexico erupted into war, residents of both nations clamored for details. Battle accounts filled the columns of the daily papers. Places like Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma became household names.

So did the names of dozens of soldiers who served in these battles and emerged as heroes or celebrities. Caught in the excitement of the moment, politicians and citizens alike engaged in fierce debates about the causes, justice, and meaning of the conflict.

Still Resonating

Today, the Battle of Palo Alto and the U.S.-Mexican War have faded from public attention. They still remain an important part of the history of both nations though. We encourage you to learn more about this conflict and rediscover some of the stories and places that so captured public attention in the spring of 1846.


Did You Know?

Battle of Palo Alto

The battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma introduced a new form of news gathering. Following the clashes, many newspapers sent reporters to the Rio Grande to cover the unfolding events, ushering in the era of the war correspondent.