Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History
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
English flintlock blunderbuss pistol.
This gun was found on the battlefield of Cerro Gordo, Mexico.
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.
Countries: Mexico, United States
War: Mexican War