Phil and I attended a reenactment of the Mexican-American War at Palo Alto Battlefield.
On May 8, 1846, United States and Mexican troops clashed on the prairie of Palo Alto near Brownsville, Texas.
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These gourds carried water, kept it cooler and fresher longer. The American soldiers started carrying them after finding them on dead Mexican soldiers.
There was only one American soldier represented at the reenactment
Firing of the long rifles
Readying the cannon
Firing of the cannon