Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Palo Alto Order of Battle


Based on my modified version of Across the Rio Grande, and using a scale of one stand equaling fifty men or two guns, here is my order of battle for Palo Alto.  One may notice that this is a bit different than the Regimental Fire and Fury order of battle that appeared in Wargames Illustrated (Issue 295 - May, 2012).  I am taking my information from Anton Adam's The War in Mexico book.  Leader and unit ratings are as follows: E - Excellent, G - Good, A - Average, R - Regular, F - Fair, P - Poor


Mexicans - Maj. Gen. Mariano Arista (A)
Right Flank Forces - Gen. Noriega (F)
                Light Mounted Regiment of Mexico (201) - 4 stands (A)
                Artillery - 4 lb. gun - 1 gun (A)
                Zapadores (304) - 6 stands (G)
                2nd Light Infantry (240) - 5 stands (G)
                Tampico Coast Guard Battalion (201) - 4 stands (R)
                                with the Veteran Coast Guard Company of Tampico attached
Right Flank Brigade - Brig. Gen. Romulo Diaz de la Vega (P)
                Artillery - 5 4 lb. guns - 2 guns (A)
                1st Line Infantry (270) - 5 stands (A)
                6th Line Infantry (245) - 5 stands (A)
Left Flank Brigade - Brig. Gen. Jose Maria Garcia (F)
                10th Line Infantry (292) - 6 stands (A)
                Artillery - 2 8 lb. guns - 1 gun (A)
                4th Line Infantry (481) - 10 stands (A)
Cavalry Brigade - Brig. Gen. Anastasio Torrejon (F)                                                               
                Artillery - 2 4 lb. guns - 1 gun (A)
                7th Cavalry (198) - 4 stands (R)
                8th Cavalry (290) - 6 stands (A)
                                with one squadron of the 1st Cavalry attached
                Presidial Cavalry (150) - 3 stands (P)
Reserve Cavalry
                Mounted Auxiliary of las Villas del Norte (322) - 6 stands (P)

41 infantry stands
23 cavalry stands   
5 guns



Americans - Brig. Gen. Zachary Taylor (E)
Right Wing - Col. David E. Twiggs (G)
                           5th Infantry (398) - 8 stands (G)
                           Company C, 3rd Artillery - 4 6 lb. guns - 2 guns (E)
                Garland’s Brigade - Lt. Col. John Garland (G)
                           3rd Infantry (371) - 7 stands (G)
                           Artillery - 1 18 lb. guns - 1 gun (E)
                           4th Infantry (355) - 7 stands (G)
                Cavalry
                           Companies B, C, D, E, F, H & K, 2nd Dragoons (250) - 5 stands (G)
Left Wing
                1st Brigade - Lt. Col. William G. Belknap (R)
                           Artillery Regiment (“Redlegged Infantry”) (541) - 11 stands (E)
                           Company A, 2nd Artillery - 3 6 lb. guns and 1 12 lb. howitzer - 2 guns (E)
                           8th Infantry (310) - 6 stands (G)

39 infantry stands
5 cavalry stands
5 guns

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