Friday, August 29, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: August 29

On August 29, 1845, North American Minister of War Henry Gilpin began preparing for war with the United States of Mexico, ordering his commanders to make final preparations for an attack on Mexico, and putting the North American Army on a war footing.

On August 29, 1914, following the defeat of the French Expeditionary Force in the Battle of Chapultepec, the new French commander, General Pierre Bordagary, surrendered unconditionally to his Mexican opposite number, General Emiliano Calles. In addition to the French troops, Calles also captured some 8,000 Negro slaves who had run away from their masters and joined the French army in its drive on Mexico City. Mexican President Victoriano Consalus ordered the slaves arrested and charged with treason.

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