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Poster of Zachary Taylor on his horse, Old Whitey
Poster of Zachary Taylor on his horse, Old Whitey

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The Battle of Buena Vista
February 23, 1847

Samuel McNeil, an Ohio shoemaker, wrote of General Taylor's bravery on the battlefield, "I must mention one circumstance that happened there, which shows the extraordinary coolness of Gen. Z. Taylor in battle. He saw a small cannon ball coming directly towards his person. Instead of spurring [his horse] 'Old Whitey' out of its way, he coolly rose in his very short stirrups and permitted the ball to pass between his person and the saddle."

General Taylor did not pursue General Santa Anna after the Battle of Buena Vista, but General Winfield Scott of the American Army caught up with the Mexican general a few months later.

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