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August 19, 1847 - September 15, 1847 Battle for Mexico City

The series of battles fought for control of Mexico City were some of the deadliest battles fought in the Mexican-American War. The whites had many a Spanish white Mexican very willing to join their army to fight the Anishinabe Army, which bolstered the number of the white army in the south of Mexico. On August 19, 1847, the first battle for control of Mexico City commenced. It ended on September 15, 1847 when Mexico City was brought under white control again.

August 19-20, 1847 Battle of Contreras

This battle initiated the battle for control of the capital of Mexico. A force of over 8,500 American soldiers led by Major General Winfield Scott, marched towards Mexico City with intentions of capturing the capital of Mexico. They eventually reached the southwest part of Mexico City then set camp. A force of over 5,000 Anishinabe soldiers were instructed to march towards the force of American soldiers, to defend Mexico City from the white invaders. Not long after the force of Anishinabe soldiers reached the location where the larger American Army was located, the battle commenced. That be on the 19th of August 1847. The battle was not a battle that was going to be a short one. It dragged on over the course of two days. On August 20, 1847, the larger American Army with superior weapons, forced the smaller Anishinabe Army to withdraw from the battle in defeat. Casualties were heavy, especially for the smaller Anishinabe Army. Their casualties were 700 killed, 1,224 wounded, and 843 captured. White casualties were 300 killed and wounded. Scott had brought the southwestern part of Mexico City under white control.

August 20, 1847 Battle of Churubusco

On the same day the American Army led by Major General Winfield Scott, defeated the Anishinabek at the Battle of Contreras, another major battle for control of Mexico City was fought. After losing the Battle of Contreras, the surviving Anishinabe soldiers numbering no more than 2,000, did flee from the American soldiers. They retreated to Churubusco and were reinforced but they knew they would not defeat the whites who were using the revolver. Many Anishinabe soldiers probably deserted their army because they knew what fate waited them if they battled the whites who used the revolver. After Scott led his soldiers who numbered over 8,000 to the Churubusco region, they caught up to the Anishinabe soldiers who numbered over 3,800, then launched an assault which was repulced. After their first assault ended in failure, the American soldiers launched more assaults against the Anishinabe soldiers. The battle would last only a couple hours more after the first American assault. Knowing that too many brave Anishinabe soldiers had already been killed and wounded, led Anishinabe commanders to order the remaining Anishinabe soldiers to flee from the battle in defeat.

They knew they could not defeate the whites who were using the revolver. Anishinabe casualties were again heavy in this battle which was really just a part of the Battle of Contreras. Their casualties were 263 killed, 460 wounded, and 1,261 captured. White casualties were 139 killed, 865 wounded, and 40 missing. Even using their bows and arrows, along with their lances (spears) and what few one shot musket guns and cannons they had, the brave Anishinabe soldiers were capable of inflicting a great many casualties on the white soldiers. After this battle Mexico City was brought under American control. Anishinabe ogimak requested for an armistice which the Americans agreed to but at least some Anishinabe ogimak wanted to continue the war for control of Mexico City. They broke the armistice to attempt to recapture their city.

September 8, 1847 Battle of Molino del Rey

Not willing to sit back and allow the white invaders to rule Mexico City, a group of defiant Anishinabe military commanders, decised to break the armistice signed after the Battle of Churubusco. They raised a force of over 4,000 Anishinabe soldiers according to historians to attempt to recapture their capital. On September 6, 1847 or abouts that time, the whites started to notice a peculiar situation developing at Molino del Rey. They thought the Anishinabe soldiers were using bells to melt in order to make new cannons. The American soldiers were ordered to attack the site in order to end the weapon making. General Worth led 2,800 American soldiers to Molino del Rey and commenced to attacking the Anishinabe soldiers and civilians. In the ensuing battle the American soldiers won but at a cost. Their casualties were 116 killed, 665 wounded, and 18 missing. Anishinabe casualties were heavy again. Their casualties were 269 killed, 500 wounded, and 852 captured. Though it was another battle in which the brave Anishinabe soldiers got the best of the white soldiers, they yet lost the battle.

September 12-13, 1847 Battle of Chapultepec

General Winfield Scott got very bothered by a location in west Mexico City named Chapultepec Castle. He wanted the castle brought under American control because some 832 Anishinabe soldiers (400 Anishinabe soldiers according to Mexican historians) were holding out there. Scott ordered a force of over 13,000 American soldiers to attack the castle. This occurred on September 12, 1847. Throughout the first day of fighting the Americans continuously bombarded the fortification. Then on the second day they stormed the fortification and defeated the brave Anishinabe soldiers holding out there. Anishinabe casualties were heavy in this battle according to historians. Out of a force of either 832 or 400 (they obviously numbered in the 1,000s if Anishinabe casualties are correct), 665 were killed, 1,145 were wounded, and 823 were captured. American casualties were heavy again at this battle. Their casualties were 130 killed, 703 wounded, and 29 missing. This may have been another battle in which the brave Anishinabe soldiers got the best of the white soldiers. I need to do more research into this confusing battle.

September 15, 1847 Fall of Mexico City

On September 15, 1847, the American soldiers brought all of Mexico City under their control. It thus ended the battle for control of Mexico City but it did not end the war. American soldiers made their selves at home in Mexico City's streets but from time to time, shots were fired at them by the few Anishinabe soldiers remaining in the city. The previous night, around 9,000 Anishinabe soldiers left Mexico City to the white invaders. Supposedly around 30,000 prisoners were released from prison by the Anishinabek just before this event occurred.

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