In 1846, two young American nations went to war against one another. Mexico, which did not officially recognize the independence of Texas, declared that annexation would lead to a war meaning a potentially enormous loss of Mexican territory to the United States. In February, 1845, the annexation took place.
This volume presents excerpts from the memoirs, letters, poetry, and journals of the men involved in, and protestors of, "Mr. Polk's War:" Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, General Stephen Watts Kearny, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Kit Carson, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Henry David Thoreau, to name a few.
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