Friday, April 17, 2015

The Resaca de la Palma Order of Battle


Based on fifty men or two guns per stand and using the Across the Rio Grande rules, this is the order of battle I will be using for Resaca de la Palma, which took place the day after Palo Alto.  The War in Mexico book is thin on leaders for the various sub-units so where a leader is not mentioned use an Average rated leader for the sub-unit.

Mexicans - Maj. Gen. Mariano Arista (A)
1st Line - Right Flank
                1st Line Infantry (254) - 5 stands (A)
                2nd Light Infantry (226) - 5 stands (G)
                Zapadores (286) - 6 stands (G)
                10th Line Infantry (274) - 5 stands (A)
                6th Line Infantry (230) - 5 stands (A)
2nd Line - Left Flank
                Tampico Coast Guard Battalion (191) - 4 stands (R)
                                with the Veteran Coast Guard Company of Tampico attached
                4th Line Infantry (457) - 9 stands (A)
                Artillery - 4 4 lb. guns - 2 guns (A)
Flank Guard & Reserves
                Artillery - 4 4 lb. guns - 2 guns (A)
                Mounted Auxiliary of las Villas del Norte (306) - 6 stands (P) 
                Light Mounted Regiment of Mexico (191) - 4 stands (A)
                7th Cavalry (188) - 3 stands (R)
                8th Cavalry (276) - 6 stands (A)
                                with one squadron of the 1st Cavalry attached
                Presidial Cavalry (143) - 3 stands (P)

39 infantry stands
22 cavalry stands   
4 guns


Americans - Brig. Gen. Zachary Taylor (E)
1st Brigade - Lt. Col. William G. Belknap (R)
                4th Infantry (291) - 6 stands (G)
                8th Infantry (254)  - 5 stands (G)
2nd Brigade
                3rd Infantry (304) - 6 stands (G)
                5th Infantry (326) - 7 stands (G)
Attached
                2nd Dragoons (1 squadron) (71) - 1 stand (G)
                Company C, 3rd Artillery - 4 6 lb. guns - 2 guns (E)
Reserve
                Company A, 2nd Artillery - 4 6 lb. guns - 2 guns (E)
                Artillery Regiment (“Redlegged Infantry”) (444) - 9 stands (E)

33 infantry stands
1 cavalry stand
4 guns

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