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*Mecklenburg County in the Mexican American War

Mecklenburg County in the Mexican American War

The war between the United States and Mexico (1846-1848) shone a light on the people's character. Mecklenburgers had not lost their sense of leadership in the state. The legacy of the Revolutionary era, though almost out of living memory, still made them believe that they had a special responsibility in matters of national urgency. 

In this exhibit you may read about the volunteers who made up the "Mecklenburg Dragoons," a unit formed in 1847. There are supplemental pages on the history of events in Mecklenburg County leading up to the war years, and on President James K. Polk, the Mecklenburg County native who served as Commander-in-Chief for the Mexican War.