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CHAPTER XXI.

The Defences around Mexico-National Road; El Peñon, Mexicalcingo-Aca-

pulco Road; San Antonio, Churubusco, and Contreras-Toluca Road; El

Molino del Rey, Chapultepec-Interior Defences-Position and Force of the

Mexicans-Movement of Worth's Division upon San Antonio-Reconnoissances

across the Pedregal-Twiggs marches upon Contreras—Valencia's Fortifications

-Indecisive Result of the Day-Smith bivouacs in the Village of Contreras-

Perilous Position of our Troops_Victory of Contreras ....... 362

CHAPTER XXII.

Contreras-San Antonio-Worth's Operations on the 20th-Topography of the

Battle-Grounds of Contreras, San Antonio, and Churubusco-The Advance on

Churubusco-Scott's Plan of Battle-Description of the Mexican Defences at

Churubusco-The Batile commenced-Operations of Twiggs-Terrible Position

of Taylor's Battery-Attack of Shields upon the Mexican Reserve-Bravery of,

the Mexicans–Gallant conduct of the New York and South Carolina Regiments

-Mexican Defence of San Pablo-The Deserters—San Antonio forced and

turned by Worth-His advance upon Churubusco-Storm of the Tête-du-Pont-

Effect of Duncan's Battery-Storm and Surrender of San Pablo-The Mexicans

routed at all Points—Daring Charge of Harney's Dragoons-Result of the Vic.

tory-Mexican and American Loss .............. 375

CHAPTER XXIII.

Scott's Note to Santa Anna—The Reply-Armistice-Its questionable Policy,

Peace Negotiations—Mexican Commission-Boundaries--American Project-

Mexican Counter-Project-Failure of Negotiations-Infringements of Armistice

-Warlike temper of the Mexicans-Scott's Letter to Santa Anna–His Answer

-Trial of the Deserters-Sentence and Execution ......... 386

CHAPTER XXIV.

Hostilities recommenced-Reconnoissances-Valley of Mexico-Defences around

the City-Description of Chapultepec-Molino del Rey-Casa de Mata-Strength

of the Mexican Lines-Storm of Molino del Rey-Capture of the Mexican Bat.

tery-Repulse of the Victors—The Battery retaken-Storm of Casa de Mata-

Terrible Fire of the Mexicans–McIntosh's Brigade repulsed-Duncan's Battery

-Surrender of Casa de Mata–Mexican Loss-American Loss 1 ... 402

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