165th Anniversary of the Battle of Palo Alto
On Saturday, May 7, 2011 U.S. soldiers and Mexican soldados will once again walk the grounds of Palo Alto. The event will be held just one day shy of the 165th anniversary of the battle.
Re-enactors from as far away as Arkansas and across the Rio Grande Valley will give visitors a glimpse at military life during the Mexican War. Presentations on tap for that day include weapons demonstrations, medical presentations, and some hands-on activities.
As always, visitors are encouraged to interact with the living historians. The event runs from 10 am to 3pm and is free and open to audiences of all ages.
Did You Know?
Joseph K. Barnes, a surgeon with the U.S. army on the Rio Grande in 1846 later became Surgeon General of the United States. He tended to Abraham Lincoln and James Garfield on the occasions when those Presidents were mortally wounded by assassins.