March 9th: Siege of Veracruz Begins

March 9, 2023

The Siege of Veracruz was a pivotal battle in the Mexican-American War, fought between the United States and Mexico from 1846 to 1848. On March 9, 1847, General Winfield Scott launched the first large-scale amphibious assault in U.S. history on the city of Veracruz, a key Mexican port on the Gulf of Mexico.

The amphibious assault began early on the morning of March 9, with U.S. Marines and sailors landing on the beach under heavy fire from Mexican troops. Despite the fierce resistance, the Americans quickly established a beachhead and began to move inland.

Meanwhile, Perry’s ships continued to bombard the city, causing widespread damage and demoralizing the Mexican defenders. After four days of intense fighting, Veracruz surrendered to the U.S. forces on March 29. The victory gave the United States control of the important port and helped to open the way for an advance on Mexico City.

The Siege of Veracruz was a significant turning point in the Mexican-American War, demonstrating the effectiveness of amphibious warfare and establishing the United States as a major military power.

However, the battle also had tragic consequences, as hundreds of Mexican civilians were killed or injured in the crossfire. The Siege of Veracruz remains a controversial episode in U.S. history, reflecting the complex and often painful legacy of American expansionism and military interventionism.


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