"You werent with the Volunteers at Monterrey were you?"
Depiction of fighting in the city during the Battle of Monterrey
Public DomainDepiction of fighting in the city during the Battle of Monterrey - Credit: Henry Montgomery

When the Mexican-American War broke out in 1846, American troop strength was too low to even consider fielding a foreign occupation force, necessitating the recruitment of volunteer fighters. Tennessee confirmed its reputation as the ‘Volunteer State’ after the secretary of war’s request for 2,800 Tennesseans to join the ranks was met by 30,000 men eager to enlist.

The Battle of Monterrey (September 21–24, 1846) was a significant battle fought during the Mexican-American War. Under the command of Zachary Taylor, the U.S. army, combined with volunteers from Tennessee, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana, took the city of Monterrey after defeating General Pedro de Ampudia and the Mexican Army of the North.