David.Gettman January 6th, 2009
SECOND UNITED STATES CAVALRY – A HISTORY
Compiled, edited and published by Historical Section, Second Cavalry Association
Maj. A. L. Lambert and Cpt. G. B. Layton, 2d Cavalry
The Second Dragoons made their mark in this war as in no other, and the reader can judge the part they played in overcoming the handicap of our nation’s initial unpreparedness.
American forces, 4,000 strong, under Brigadier General Taylor, were stationed in South Texas near the mouth of the Rio Grande River, when on 8 May 1846, the Mexicans crossed to the Texas side and attacked with superior forces at Palo Alto. The Americans repulsed the attack and on the following day, 9 May, they attacked the Mexican force, still on Texas soil, at Reseca de la Palma. Here an inspired charge by Captain C. A. May’s Squadron of the Second Dragoons broke the enemy line and drove him back across the Rio Grande. A citation reads, “During the charge Corporal McCauley (E Company) and four men passed through the lines, killed the Mexican Lieutenant and put the rest to flight”. Continue Reading »