December 16, This day during the Mexican American War

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December 16, 1846 – The Capture of Tucson was a United States attack on the Mexican city of Tucson, Sonora, now the present day Tucson, Arizona. The would be combatants were provisional Mexican Army troops and the American Mormon Battalion. Tucson fell in December 1846 without resistance. The Mexican-American War began after Thornton’s Defeat in 1846. This same year the Mormon battalion was dispatched across the what they considered the “Great Western Desert.” American force were commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Philip St. George Cooke and around 500 riflemen and officers. Although there were around 500 men on the Mormon Battalion roster, only an effective force of 360 took part in the trek across the Arizona desert. Eighty-four women and children were also present during the advance across Arizona. Marching northwest to Tucson in November of the said year, the battalion fought their only battle in Arizona, against wild cattle which…

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