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d88mm194009 Nov 2021 11:06 p.m. PST

I have this neat book, The Mexican Soldier, 1837-1847, by Joseph and Edited and Expanded by Patrick R. Wilson.
In the back is a nice spreadsheet that shows most Mexican formations and the battles that they were in, called Battle Record of the Mexican Army, 1846-1847.
One of these battles is Valle de Mexico, and it appears between Cerro Gordo and Contreras.
I've tried looking up Valle de Mexico and get nothing.
Does anyone know what this is in reference to?


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2021 11:17 p.m. PST

Valle de Mejico.


"The Valley of Mexico or Anahuac Valley is a geographic region that is located in the south-central central-north of Mexico. Originally it was an endorheic basin that housed the Texcoco, Xochimilco and Chalco lakes. These bodies of water were fed by runoff and seepage from the surrounding mountains, particularly the Sierra Nevada, Sierra de las Cruces and Sierra de Ajusco-Chichinauhtzin. Due to some confusion in the common literary use, it is normal for the basin of Mexico to be confused with the Valley of Mexico even in official matters, that is why the government of the State of Mexico created the Valle de Cuautitlán-Texcoco administrative entity that covers the entire valley of Cuautitlán and the middle of the Valley of Mexico, The Valley of Mexico itself is only one of the four valleys (Valle de Cuautitlán, Valle de Apan, Valle de Tizayuca, plus the Valley of Mexico proper) that make up the Basin of Mexico , a typical example of this is that the metropolitan area of ​​the Valley of Mexico is called the urban area that encompasses the four valleys of the basin of Mexico, and even that the metropolitan area is confused with Mexico City.1 2…"
UT (Too late now for a proper traslation)



Batalla de Buena Vista


1828 -1847.

"…By September 1847, the Americans had reached the Valley of Mexico.

The only defense that remained in those days was the Cerro de Chapultepec, headquarters of the Military College, under the command of the General of Division, Don Nicolás Bravo with 823 defenders and a few Cadets the defense was organized. General José Mariano Monterde, Director of the Military College, directed the construction of the Chapultepec fortifications and the Tacubaya Line and was appointed Chief of the "Defense Line from Chapultepec to Mexicalcingo". The young cadets (their ages ranged from 16 to 18 years old), aware of their duty like the rest of the Army, prepared to defend the interests of the country. After the fall of "Molino del Rey" on September 8, 1847, the American General Winfield Scott set his objective in the assault on the Alcázar de Chapultepec, which took place on the 13th of the same month. The Military College endured the North American bombardment for 14 hours and faced 7,000 invaders…."
UT (again)



Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Nov 2021 11:09 a.m. PST


Well done, Armand!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2021 3:05 p.m. PST

A votre service mon ami… (smile)


d88mm194011 Nov 2021 12:01 a.m. PST

Tanks, Armand!
So, Valle de Mexico is a region, rather than a battle?
And the units listed there were simply available at that time, between the Battles of Cerro Gordo and Contreras?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2021 3:38 p.m. PST

You are right my friend….


dbf167615 Nov 2021 4:34 p.m. PST

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