Resaca de la Palma Battlefield

N edge of Brownsville on Parades Line Rd., Brownsville, Texas

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Description 

In the early hours of May 9, 1846, after the battle of Palo Alto, Mexican forces under Maj. Gen. Mariano Arista retreated to Resaca de la Palma; Brig. Gen. Zachary Taylor and his army gave pursuit and the fighting resumed. Taylor ordered his cavalry to charge the Mexican position, sending the enemy into disarray. The Mexican commander narrowly escaped capture, his tent and all his personal effects falling into the hands of the attackers; his forces fled across the Rio Grande while all the Mexican artillery and supplies fell to the victorious Americans. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 19, 1960

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000813
Area of significance
Military
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Site
Historic function
Battle site
Current function
Sport facility
Period of significance
1825-1849
Significant year
1846