Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site

6.3 mi. N of Brownsville at jct. of FR 1847 and 511, Brownsville, Texas

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Description 

Here, on May 8, 1846, 2,300 U.S. Army soldiers led by Brig. Gen. Zachary Taylor engaged 3,300 Mexican troops under the command of Maj. Gen. Mariano Arista in the first of two important battles of the Mexican War founght on American soil. Galling fire from Taylor's artillery kept Mexican forces from reaching the American line. After the battle, the Mexican troops began their retreat to behind the Resaca de la Palma; Taylor's victory here made the invasion of Mexico possible. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 19, 1960

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000812
Area of significance
Military
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Site
Historic function
Battle site
Current function
Agricultural fields
Period of significance
1825-1849
Significant year
1846
Number of properties
Contributing sites: 1
Non-contributing structures: 1