Por: Pablo Ramos
Este apasionante periodo de la historia de Nuevo Leon de 1846-1848 cuando Norteamericanos estuvieron en el Estado de Muevo Leon hasta su salida en Junio de 1848, es una parte de la historia que esta en estudio, es la Batalla de Monterrey del 21 al 23 de Septiembre de 1846 cuando jovenes soldados y oficiales de ambos paises aprendieron el dificial arte de la Guerra que en el caso de los Norteamericanos seria esta Guerra a Mexico, la primera fuera de su pais,daria los elementos para aplicar los conocimientos aprendidos en la Guerra Civil Americana en la decada de los años de 1860, Oficiales como: Davis, Grant, Smith,Cambell,Meade, Sidney,Bee,Shelby,etc,etc,y del lado mexicano, Pedro de Ampudia, Lopez Uraga,Arista,Vidaurri,Zuluaga,Zuazua, Escobedo,seria en esta Batalla de Monterrey donde aprenderian tacticas de Guerra de Guerrillas en areas Urbanas ,ya que aqui fue la primer ciudad Mexicana donde ocurrieron en los tres dias de combates,sitio,asalto y batallas urbanas, en años recientes han sido descubiertos en Monterrey vestigios de esta olvidada pero importante Batalla ocurrida hace mas de 162 años,en el centro de Monterrey ,ya el INAH esta en estudio de tan importantes hallazgos, aun esta pendiente de ciertos areas de combate urbano.
En meses o años proximos el INAH Nuevo Leon continuara el estudio y rescate de esta parte de la historia de Monterrey.
............................. A continuacion parte de un Dialogo reciente del historiador y difusor cultural Ahmed Valtier , experto de la Batalla de Monterrey de 1846. en el FORUM:http://www.authentic-campaigner.com/forum/showthread.php?p=149709
donde se comentan interesantes dialogos sobre esta interesante batalla y sus participantes, asi como la importancia de los mismos y la posible identificacion.
FORUM: the authentic campaigner
James A. Page Re: U.S. Soldier Mex War remains found
This story struck a chord with me. One of those rare cases where I might have a helpful piece of the puzzle.Given the location on the Monterrey battlefield from which these remains were recovered, I believe they were members of Quitman's Brigade, composed of Campbell's 1st Tennessee and Davis' Mississippi Rifles. Since the uniforms of these units were so different, recovered items might simplify the identification of remains.I have been researching Colonel William Bowen Campbell's 1st Regiment of Tennessee Volunteers (1846-1847) for several years. The Regiment was formed in Nashville in June, 1846 and figured prominantly in the 1846 Battle of Monterrey. The 1st Tennessee was full of notable Civil War figures. Campbell became a Union Brigadier General during the Civil War. Its second in command was S.R. Anderson (later a Confederate general). Others include: Benjamin F. Cheatham (later a Confederate general) and George Maney (later a Confederate general). Its adjutant was Adolphus Heiman (later commanded the Confederate 10th Tennessee and was captured). Thankfully the Nashville Female Academy prepared a detailed roster of 1st Tennessee men who were killed, or died, during the War. I have made that roster and other information available to Mexico's National Instutite of Anthropology and History. Who knows, maybe it'll help.I am now in contact with Colonel Campbell's descendents, the U.S. Consolate in Monterrey, and the National Institute of Anthropology and History. I'll let you know what happens!
__________________Jim Page"Boys, Follow Me!"--Colonel William Bowen Campbell1st Regiment of Tennesse Volunteers (1846-1847)"Weeping in solitude for the fallen brave is better than the presence of men too timid to strike for their country"--Motto embroidered on the flag of the 1st Regiment of Tennessee Volunteers and presented by the Nashville Female Academy (June, 1846).
Por: Ahmed Valtier email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I agree all with you Jim, regarding the remains found on the Monterrey battlefield. Very probably the bones belong to U.S. soldiers from the Quitman's Brigade and the Campbell's Regiment (First Tennessee Volunteers).I am from Monterrey, Mèxico and I helped the team of archaeologists who recovered the remains the last spring at Washington and Heroes del 47 Streets, the area where 162 years ago was raised La Teneria fort.Today the sites of the battle of Monterrey are under the urban sprawl of the city.Between 1996 and April 2008several skeletal remains were uncovered in digs. Skulls and bones and some artefacts (like the nails from the coffins) were discovered; but not uniforms.I want to tell you that there are some possibilities to identify one of the remains.Next to the bones found in 1996 were two currencies. The archaeologists gave the theory of which perhaps the dates of the coins,1824 and 1846 (which gives a lapse of 22 years) could to mean of a symbolic way the year in which born and died the buried soldier. Possibly a track of the identity of the fallen one, left by the companions buried who him.Following this theory, we consulted the lists of the Tennessee soldiers who died at Monterrey as they are marked on the Mexican War Monument at Gallatin, Ten., agreeing the age of 22 years of the deceased with the one of a young person of name Isaac Elliot, original of the county of Summer.However, because we don’t have the age of all the twenty or more soldiers from the Campbell's Regiment who died in the attack of La Teneria fort, this is not conclusive.