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Encyclopedia > Battle of Mora
Battle of Mora
Part of the Mexican-American War, (Taos Revolt)
Date January 24 and February 1, 1847
Location Mora, New Mexico
Result U.S. victory
Combatants
United States Mexican Insurgents
Commanders
Israel R. Hendley
Jesse I. Morin
Manuel Cortez
Strength
80 200
Casualties
1 killed
3 wounded
25 killed
17 prisoners
Taos Revolt
Cañada – Mora - Embudo Pass - Pueblo de Taos

The Battle of Mora was part of the Taos Revolt, a popular insurrection against the United States. It took place on January 24, 1847 during the Mexican-American War. Combatants United States Mexico Commanders Zachary Taylor Winfield Scott Stephen W. Kearney Antonio López de Santa Anna Mariano Arista Pedro de Ampudia Strength 7,000 - 43,000 18,000 - 40,000 Casualties KIA: 1,733 Total dead: 13,283 Wounded: 4,152 25,000 killed or wounded (Mexican government... The Taos Revolt was a popular insurrection against the United States occupation of New Mexico during the Mexican-American War. ... January 24 is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... February 1 is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1847 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Mora County is a county located in the state of New Mexico. ... Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Area  Ranked 5th  - Total 121,665 sq mi (315,194 km²)  - Width 342 miles (550 km)  - Length 370 miles (595 km)  - % water 0. ... Insurgents in New Mexico under the leadership of Pablo Chavez, Pablo Montoya and Jesus Tafoya began marching south towards the American-held city of Santa Fe. ... Combatants United States Mexican/Indian Insurgents Commanders John Burgwin Ceran St. ... The Siege of Pueblo de Taos was an engagement between U.S. forces and Insurgent forces in New Mexico during the Mexican-American War. ... The Taos Revolt was a popular insurrection against the United States occupation of New Mexico during the Mexican-American War. ... January 24 is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Combatants United States Mexico Commanders Zachary Taylor Winfield Scott Stephen W. Kearney Antonio López de Santa Anna Mariano Arista Pedro de Ampudia Strength 7,000 - 43,000 18,000 - 40,000 Casualties KIA: 1,733 Total dead: 13,283 Wounded: 4,152 25,000 killed or wounded (Mexican government...


On January 20, 1847 Manuel Cortez, a native of the village of Mora, New Mexico organized an armed front against the invading American army. The rebellion in Mora began with the assassination of a group of American merchants traveling to Missouri. Word of the uprising reached Captain Israel R. Hendley, who learned that the insurgents had gathered a force of about two hundred men in Mora. January 20 is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Mora County is a county located in the state of New Mexico. ... Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Area  Ranked 5th  - Total 121,665 sq mi (315,194 km²)  - Width 342 miles (550 km)  - Length 370 miles (595 km)  - % water 0. ... The United States Army is the largest branch of the United States armed forces and has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ...


On January 24, eighty U.S. troops commanded by Captain Hendley arrived in Mora to confront the insurgents. A general engagement ensued, the insurgents retreating and firing from windows in the houses of the village. A large number of the insurgents had entrenched themselves in an old fort and fired on the Americans from there. Hendley led a charge on the fort, but was shot and killed while doing so. The U.S. troops, having no artillery, retreated to the town of Las Vegas, New Mexico to reorganize. The three-hour battle claimed Hendley as the sole American fatality, while the insurgents lost 25. Other casualties included three wounded Americans and 17 rebels taken prisoner. January 24 is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Plaza Hotel, built in 1881, on the Plaza of West Las Vegas. ...


On February 1, 1847, approximately 200 U.S. troops led by Captain Jesse I. Morin returned to Mora, armed with two howitzers. Most of the insurgents fled to the surrounding mountains. Nevertheless, Morin ordered the complete destruction of the village of Mora and the burning of the wheat fields that surrounded the town. Niles' National Register reported as follows: "Capt. Morm [sic] of Platte who was in command, pursued them through the Moro [sic] valley, and burnt to ashes every house town, and rancho in his path. The inhabitants fled to the mountains, where they are bound to starve, as Morm [sic] leaves them nothing whatever to subsist on - a just retribution for their assassination of innocent people." The U.S. troops then returned to Santa Fe. February 1 is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Loading a WW1 British 15 in (381 mm) howitzer A howitzer or hauwitzer is a type of field artillery. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The City Different Location Location in the State of New Mexico Coordinates , Government Country State County United States New Mexico Santa Fe Founded 1607 Mayor David Coss Geographical characteristics Area     City 96. ...


Sources

  • Twitchell, Ralph Emerson, The History of the Military Occupation of the Territory of New Mexico from 1846 to 1851, Denver, Colorado: The Smith-Brooks Company Publishers, 1909
  • Herrera, Carlos R., New Mexico Resistance to U.S. Occupation, published in The Contested Homeland, A Chicano History of New Mexico, Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2000
  • Niles' National Register, NNR 72.081, April 10 1847, available at [1]

 
 

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