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This piece is a mix of good information on the ORGANIZATION of Yell's Arkansas Mounted Infantry (thanks!) and a whitewash on that regiment's horrible performance in Texas and northern Mexico in 1846 and 1847. Yell, Roane, and Borland, their own poor preparation, lack of discipline, and pride (or politics, alcoholism, and chivalry) were largely at fault, according to Zachary Taylor and most of the Army of Observation. Albert Pike, the disciplinarian whose squadron from the Arkansas regiment performed so well with May's regular Dragoons at Buena Vista and throughout the campaign, and who constantly differed with Yell and his minions, gets little of the credit he deserves.

Tim Kimball
Corrales, NM