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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

May 5th, 1862 - The Battle of Puebla (Cinco de Mayo)

Conflict: Mexican Civil War (1858-1861)

Combatants: French vs. Mexicans

Location: Mexico

Outcome: Mexican victory

On this day, 7500 French soldiers attacked 12,000 Mexican soldiers defending Puebla. The Mexicans, commanded by General Ignacio Zaragoza, threw back the French attackers while inflicting over 40 0 casualties. The Mexicans suffered about half as many dead and wounded. The French commander, the Comte de Lorencez, was forced to step down after this defeat.

Sitio Puebla by unknown author

Points of Interest:

  • The French returned to Puebla a year after the famous battle and defeated the Mexican defenders.

  • Archduke Ferdinand Maximillian of Austria was installed as emperor but was deposed and executed in 1867.

General Ignacio Zaragoza by an unknown artist
Charles Lorencez (Comte de Lorencez) by an unknown artitst



Dupuy, R. Ernest & Dupuy, Trevor N. (1993). The Harper's Encyclopedia of Military History. New York: HarperCollins.

Eggenberger, David (1985). An Encyclopedia of Battles: Accounts of Over 1,560 Battles from 1479 B.C. to the Present. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.

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