Ulysses S. Grant Despised The War On Mexico.

by Daniel Russ on November 16, 2012

Ulysses S Grant

Ulysses S Grant


The Alamo is what most Americans remember about the conflict between Mexico and the Texian settlers. One would be remiss to forget that relations between Texians and Mexicans was not always acerbic. In fact starting from the 1820s the Mexican government encouraged emigration. They had the land and thusly the Mexicans were being open and welcome and saw no problem with other nationalities living and working the land under their purview.


The Mexicans had no idea how explosive the response would be. But by the mid 1830s, Texians outnumbered the Mexicans four to one and this was occurring inside their own Texas borders. The fertile and verdant stretches from East Texas to the Hill country provided wonderful places to ranch, to grow cotton and corn and there was plenty of access to waterways.


It was the ‘under their purview’ part that grated on the sensibilities of the Texians.


So when Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna announced a constitution that nationalized the Texians, the Texians revolted. They openly clashed with Mexican military garrisons and the Mexicans were surprised at the violence and competence of the smaller Texas regiments. There was another problem to add salt to the wound in the relations: Texas also established slavery and that was against the moral standing of the incipient Mexican government.


It was a nasty war but ended on April 21st 1836 at the Battle of San Jacinto when the Texians sent Santa Anna’s forces in retreat.


Oddly, Ulysses S. Grant, through his career, was highly critical of the replevin of Mexico. He said: “ For myself, I was bitterly opposed to the measure, and to this day regard the war that followed as one of the most unjust ever waged by a stronger nation against a weaker nation…following the bad example of European monarchies in not considering  justice in their desire to acquire additional territory.”



Source: Grant, Jean Edward Smith, Simon and Schuster 2001



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