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Flintlock Blunderbuss
Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Flintlock Blunderbuss

Catalog #: 5381    Accession #: 13152
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 5.25" H x 12.72" W x 2.75" D

Physical Description

English flintlock blunderbuss pistol.

Specific History

This gun was found on the battlefield of Cerro Gordo, Mexico.

General History

The Battle of Cerro Gordo was fought 17-18 April 1847. Following the surrender of Vera Cruz in late March, Winfield Scott began his drive westward toward the Mexican capital. The first significant opposition from Santa Anna's forces occurred at Cerro Gordo, a town located in a 10,000-foot mountain pass about 60 miles inland. American engineering forces including Robert E. Lee, averted dire situation. They discovered an obscured path, which enabled the United States forces to outflank their opponents. Santa Anna was forced to flee on foot.


Keywords

Countries: Mexico, United States
War: Mexican War
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