After their retreat from the first battle of the Mexican-American War at Palo Alto, the Mexican troops decided to make a stand at Resaca de la Palma. On the morning of May 9, 1846 General Zachary Taylor's troops engaged the Mexican force. Resistance on the part of the Mexicans was stiff, and the U. S. forces nearly suffered a reverse before a force of Dragoons managed to surprise the flank of the Mexican lines and force a retreat.
The battle had an enormous effect on the morale of the two armies. U. S. troops felt confident that they could defeat their foe at any place and in any numbers. Mexican troops were thrown off-balance by consecutive defeats and would never fully recover. No fees or facilities.