30 Sep '16, 11pm

Remains from Mexican-American War arrive in U.S. for study

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- The Mexican-American War and the Battle for Monterrey are, in part, the reason Tennessee is called the "Volunteer State." The state's nickname is derived from the outpouring of support during the War of 1812, and again in 1846 when the U.S. declared war against Mexico. During that conflict, a reported 30,000 Tennesseans volunteered and marched against Mexico after the nation had requested just 10 percent of that robust force. On Wednesday, Sept. 28, approximately 170 years after the war, as many as 13 skeletal remains were returned to U.S. soil and honored during a solemn transfer at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The movement of the remains, believed to be members of the Tennessee militia who died in the Battle of Monterrey in 1846, was the culmination of more than three years of diplomatic negotiation, sparked by a professor of forensic s...

Full article: https://www.army.mil/article/176061/

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