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Polk's Administration : Elias Howe and the Sewing Machine : The Mexican-American War
Mexican-American War Battles : Early History of Agriculture

Administration of James K. Polk (1845 - 1849)

  • James Polk: Six pictures of James Polk, eleventh President of the United States.

  • President Polk: Six additional portraits of President Polk, who was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

  • Winfield Scott: Five portraits of Winfield Scott and an illustration of him at the Battle of Chippewa.

  • General Winfield Scott: These pictures of General Winfield Scott focus on his conquest of Mexico and victory at Mexico City in 1847.

  • John C. Fremont: John C. Fremont started his career as an American military officer and explorer. This page has engravings depicting his exploration of the Rocky Mountains.

  • John Fremont: Six images show portraits of John Fremont, as well as pictures of him giving a speech at Fort Laramie and charging Indians at Reddings Rancho.

  • Santa Anna: Images of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, often known as Santa Anna, a Mexican political leader, general, and president, who fought the U.S. invasion of Mexico.

  • The Donner Party: These engravings show members of The Donner Party, a group of American pioneers who set out for California in a wagon train only to become snowbound in the Sierra Nevada in the winter of 1846-47. This page includes portraits of the Reed and Donner families.

  • Donner Party: More portraits of the ill-fated Donner Party, including the Graves family, C.T. Stanton, the Breen family, and more.

Elias Howe and the Sewing Machine

  • Elias Howe: Three images of Elias Howe, American inventor and sewing machine pioneer.

  • Invention of the Sewing Machine: These images relating to the Invention of the Sewing Machine show Howe's first sewing maching, a Wilson sewing machine of 1850, and sewing machine demonstrations.

  • Antique Singer Sewing Machines: Six illustrations of Antique Singer Sewing Machines featuring the "New Family" model.

  • Antique Sewing Machines: More images of Antique Sewing Machines, including Singer's original machine and the F.F. and M.F. machines.

  • Old Sewing Machines: Six images show Old Sewing Machines such as the Wilcox and Gibbs machine and the F.F. machine. Sewing machine cabinets are also represented.

The Mexican-American War

  • Mexican American War: This page about the Mexican American War contains images of the battles of Resaca de la Palma, Palo Alto, Contreras, Bracito, and Santa Fe.

  • Mexican War: Among these engravings of the Mexican War are images of the battles at Sacramento, San Pascal, Palo Alto, Contreras, and General Pierce landing in Mexico.

  • The Mexican War: The bombardment of Vera Cruz, the battle of Palo Alto, and the storming of Molina del Rey are among the images on this page about The Mexican War.

  • War with MexicoWar with Mexico: This page depicting scenes from the United States' War with Mexico shows the the battle of Buena Vista, Captian May's second charge, Captain Walker's expedition, and Captain Thornton's skirmish with the Mexicans, among others.

  • U.S. Mexican War: Illustrations of the U.S. Mexican War, including scenes of General Ampudia at Monterrey with General Taylor, an encampment near Valentia, the repulse of the Mexican calvary at Palo Alto, and Colonel Mitchell bearing off the Mexican standard at Palo Alto.

  • Mexican War Maps: Nine pictures of Mexican War Maps show the Texas territory in dispute, field campaigns of the war, and territories gained by the Treaty of Peace in 1848.

  • Conquest of Mexico: Images of the Conquest of Mexico featuring the United States Army entering Mexico City.

Mexican-American War Battles

  • Battle of Monterey: The Battle of Monterey at Monterey, California, was waged on July 7, 1846. United States naval forces under Commodore John D. Sloat, in command of the United States Pacific Squadron, opposed a small group of Mexican Coast Guard men.

  • Battle of Buena Vista: Pictures of the Battle of Buena Vista, also known as the Battle of Angostura, which saw the U.S. Army use artillery to repulse the much larger Mexican army.

  • Battle of Vera Cruz: This page focuses on the Battle of Vera Cruz, a 20-day siege of the key Mexican seaport of Veracruz lasting from March 9 to March 29, 1847. It began with the first large-scale amphibious assault conducted by United States military forces.

  • Battle of Cerro Gordo: Six images relating to the Battle of Cerro Gordo, which saw Winfield Scott's U.S. troops flank and drive Santa Anna's larger Mexican army from a strong defensive position.

  • Battle of Churubusco: Illustrations of the Battle of Churubusco on August 20, 1847. After defeating the Mexican army at Churubusco, the U.S. Army was only 5 miles away from Mexico City.

  • Battle of Chapultepec: Seven images of the Battle of Chapultepec, in September of 1847. The U.S. stormed Mexican forces holding Chapultepec Castle west of Mexico City.

Early History of Agriculture

  • Agricultural Development: Drawings of items relating to Agricultural Development, including farming tools used in 1790 and 1870, a threshing machine, a hay tedder, an excelsior mower, and Wheeler's patent reaper.

  • History of Agriculture: These images show the stages of preparation for seeding through cultivation of crops on a bonanza farm--very large farms in the United States that performed large-scale operations, mostly growing and harvesting wheat.

  • Agricultural Inventions: Six drawings of Agricultural Inventions such as the Sulkey plough, the steam gang plough, a steam header, and a steam thresher.

  • Farming Inventions: Six more farming inventions such as the broadcast sower, and the authomatic stacker and gatherer are shown on this page.

  • History of Farming: Pictures of the original McCormick harvester, and famers cradling wheat, flailing grain, and cutting grain with a sickle.

  • Mechanical Reaper: Diagrams of the Ogle reaper, Bell's reaper, and McCormick's reaper.

  • Cyrus McCormick: An American inventor and founder of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, which became part of International Harvester Company in 1902. McCormick is often called the inventor of the mechanical reaper, but his designs were based on the work of others, including members of his family.

  • Plantation Pictures: Nine Plantation Pictures, including the exterior and interior of a slave cabin, a plantation preacher, and views of an old Virginia mansion.

  • Cotton Industry: Six scenes, which depict various aspects of the Cotton Industry, such as people picking cotton, a cotton gin, and a cotton mill, are depicted on this page.

  • U. S. Cotton: Here are six more illustrations showing the way U. S. Cotton was picked and loaded for transport. There's also an image of a blockade runner loaded with cotton and headed for Europe during the Civil War.

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