The Spanish/Mexican-American War of 1846 to 1848 marked the first U.S. armed conflict chiefly fought on foreign soil. It pitted a politically divided and militarily unprepared Mexico against the expansionist-minded administration of U.S. President James K. Polk, who believed the United States had a “Manifest Destiny” to spread across the continent to the Pacific Ocean. A border skirmish along the Rio Grande that started off the fighting was followed by a series of U.S. victories. When the dust cleared, Mexico had lost about one-third of its territory, including nearly all of present-day California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.
The Memorial is a single pedestal with a photo of American Army soldiers in battle. It is dedicated to three companies of militia volunteers who served in Mexico and two stationed at Fort Brooke in Tampa. The Memorial is dedicated to their sacrifice and service.