The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 73, July 1969 - April, 1970 Page: 342
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Winfield Scott's for his drive to Mexico City also suffered less from
diarrhea than did the fresh troops."'
Justin Smith has noted that the Corpus Christi experience enfeebled
Taylor's troops, putting them in bad shape for the battles along the
Rio Grande.0 The sickness at Corpus Christi, however, evidently made
the veterans less vulnerable to similar ailments in Mexico.
It is difficult to assess the military effect on the United States troops
from their stay at Corpus Christi. Bad weather and widespread ill-
ness hampered training as winter came; dissension over rank flared
among the officers-some officers, such as Colonel Hitchcock, even
doubted the propriety of the United States' aims in the area, and
discipline was a problem. Nevertheless, the soldiers' first encounter
against much larger Mexican forces along the Rio Grande were sen-
sational successes, and the regulars continued to play key roles for
both Taylor and Scott later in the war. A sense of camaraderie un-
doubtedly was reinforced among the regulars, as yet unsullied by the
volunteers who would flood their ranks after Palo Alto and Resaca
de la Palma. After those two battles Kirby Smith, proud of the
regulars, wrote home: "It is a glorious fact for the army that there
were no volunteers with us.""'1 The lengthy stay at Corpus Christi pro-
vided a period needed for adjustment to a land that was just as
foreign to the soldiers as the interior of Mexico soon would be. It
was the seed time for the United States Army's first war fought in
O'Dyer, Zachary Taylor, 192, 212; Henry, The Story of the Mexican War, 78.
70Smith, The War with Mexico, I, 159.
71Smith, To Mexico with Scott, 53-
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