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The Palmetto Regiment and the Mexican War, 1846-1917

Chasing what was considered “Manifest Destiny”, the United States declared war on Mexico in 1846. The call for volunteers was answered by the Palmetto Regiment from South Carolina. After two years of long marches, disease and battles interspersed with long periods of boredom, the Palmetto Regiment returned home, reduced in numbers but welcomed as heroes.