Mexican War Tribute / Going Home

© Photographed September 1, 2015
Erected 1997 by Ashley Furniture
Soldiers Walk Memorial Park
Arcadia, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin
44.244142,-91.498145 (memorial walkway)
44.244188,-91.497426 (parking lot to access park)
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MEXICAN WAR
April 1846 -- February 2 1848
Relations between the two countries had been strained for at least 15 years before the outbreak of War. Unstable political conditions in Mexico created a continuing menace to the lives and property of foreigners.

Congress and President James K. Polk declared war May 13, 1846. On February 2, 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo was signed. By this treaty, Mexico ceded to the United States nearly all the territory now included in the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, and California, resulting in nearly 600,000 square miles being added to the United States.

The United States agreed to pay Mexico $15,000,000 and assume claims by citizens against Mexico. The was was an unpopular war and divided public opinion.
GOING HOME
There comes a time when every soldier wants to go home. After 15 years of strained relatioships and two years of war, this soldier is epitomized with a smile on his face while standing at attention during the treaty signing at Guadalupe-Hidalgo on February 2, 1848.

No foreign war of the United States, except the War of 1812 with Great Britain, so divided public opinion. In the United States, the opposition to Polk's policies continued unabated throughout the war. In part this was the produce of partisan politics. But more significant was the attitude of the antislavery groups in the north. Antislavery congressmen repeatedly sought to force through congress a resolution excluding slavery from any area taken from Mexico. This question was unresolved at the close of the war and became the principal [sic] issue to postwar politics. The prolonged and bitter debates over the organization of the territory ceded by Mexico gave slavery a greater political prominence than it had hitherto commended, and set in motion a chain of crises which led a dozen years later to the American Civil War.
The memorial is located at Soldiers Walk Memorial Park on Memorial Park Drive, at its intersection with South Washington Street / County Highway J and Gaveny Drive, Arcadia, Wisconsin 54612.

NOTE: Soldiers Walk Memorial Park is bordered by and accessible from three streets, northwestbound Reit Lane, northbound South Washington Street / County Highway J, and eastbound Gaveny Road. The park is accessible from all three streets.

As a native of Southern California, I can assure you unequivocally that this war has never ended and that it continues to this day. If you don't know the current history of Mexico and Southern California, you can start here, with Proposition 187, where the votes of American citizens were tossed into the garbage in favor of the Mexican-flag-carrying illegal immigrants who marched against us: Wikipedia: California Proposition 187

Wikipedia: Mexican-American War

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General Scott's entrance into Mexico in the Mexican-American War.
Hand-colored lithograph;1851
This media file is in the public domain.

Mexican Cession
1848
Added approximately 600,000 square miles to the United States



The memorial is at the northernmost entrance to
Soldiers Walk Memorial Park.


A tribute to George Washington, at the north entrance
to Arcadia Memorial Park.


The memorial is located at Memorial Park.

The memorial is located in Arcadia, Wisconsin.

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