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Buena Vista

A battle in the Mexican War fought in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila on 23 February 1847 and named for a village located nearby. This action, in which American forces led by Major General Zachary Taylor defeated an army under General Santa Ana, ended the American northern campaign and contributed greatly to the ultimate victory of the United States by which the nation acquired the territory now comprising its southwestern region.

(Canal boat)

No records of the vessel have found for the period before her acquisition by the Navy at Philadelphia, Pa., in July 1864 a bit before her formal purchase on 19 July 1864. In any case, she and 11 other canal boats obtained for use as block ships in Virginia's James River proceeded from Philadelphia down the Delaware River, through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, and south across Chesapeake Bay to Baltimore, Md. The flotilla left that port on 13 July and continued its run down the bay. Three sank before reaching Hampton Roads, and two more went down soon thereafter. Unfortunately, no records have survived identifying those that sank nor have any been found naming the five that ascended the James River on 18 July to reach their destination on the picket line below Trent's Reach. These, along with a barge added by Major General Butler, were sunk on the night of 20 July 1864. Which fate befell Buena Vista is unknown.

James L. Mooney



23 November 2005