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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2020 7:51 p.m. PST

"You are Captain James Duncan, commander of Battery A, 2d United States Artillery. Your battery consists of four 6- pounder cannon drawn by teams of horses, making them highly maneuverable and extremely mobile "light artillery." Your unit's 50 Soldiers travel by riding atop the horses pulling the cannon and their accompanying caissons of ammunition or by sitting on the caissons. Your battery is part of Brigadier General Zachary Taylor's 2,400-man Army of Observation, a regular U.S. Army force sent to the Mexican border area near the Rio Grande River when war with Mexico seemed likely following the United States' annexation of Texas in December 1845.

Five days ago, May 3, 1846, Mexican General Mariano Arista, commanding the 3,500-man Army of the North, attacked the small American garrison at Fort Brown, an outpost on the Rio Grande across the river from Matamoros, Mexico. In response, Taylor decided to lead his army 25 miles from its location on the Gulf of Mexico coast to relieve the fort…."
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