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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

December 6th, 1846 - The Battle of San Pasqual

Conflict: US-Mexican War

Combatants: Americans vs. Mexicans

Location: California (USA)

Outcome: Inconclusive (American victory)

Ordered to occupy the Mexican territories of New Mexico and California, American Brigadier General Stephen Watts Kearny marched west with 1,700 soldiers. After investing New Mexico, Kearny led 120 dragoons into California. Enroute to San Diego, Kearney was confronted by Mexican and Californian troops, but the outnumbered Americans routed the enemy. With Kearny wounded, the Americans were unable to immediately proceed but marched into San Diego a week later.

San Pasqual by Colonel Charles Waterhouse

Points of Interest:

  • Both the necessity and outcome of this battle are somewhat disputed by historians (some accounts claim it was the Americans who were routed). But there is no question that Kearny invested San Diego shortly thereafter.

  • The Americans lost 18 men killed and 13 wounded in the engagement. Mexican/Californian casualties are not known.

Portrait of Stephen Watts Kearny (1794-1848) by an unknown artist

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