My Thoughts on Cinco de Mayo (1 day late)

Sorry this is a day late. I posted it on Facebook yesterday, and it got quite a few likes.

I welcome any excuse to eat Mexican food, but in historical hindsight, the Mexican victory on 5 May 1862 was likely not good for America. Had the French won and succeeded in solidifying the Mexican Empire, they probably would have aided America in our war against the Yankee invaders.


7 thoughts on “My Thoughts on Cinco de Mayo (1 day late)

  1. Kirt Higdon

    It was little more than a skirmish and the French force was tiny compared to those engaged in the war to the north. It could not have made a difference and would in any event been withdrawn to meet the emerging Prussian threat to France.


    1. weavercht

      It is said that we lost because of a lack of rail transit as well as general supplies.

      I imagine supplies from Mexico would have helped, though the dominant claim I’ve seen is that we actually had supplies but couldn’t get them to troops (lack of rail).


  2. redphillips Post author

    The speculation is that had France firmly secured the Mexican Empire they would have helped America break the Yankee naval blockade. You are right, however, that other events did intervene.


  3. roho

    I agree. Lincoln knew that the experienced French Navy would succeed against the Union Navy without ever placing additional troops on the field. It was certainly a lost opportunity for the Confederacy. (And a victory for “Manifest Destiny”.)


  4. Kirt Higdon

    What victory had been won by the experienced French navy? Trafalgar? What major engagement had they even fought since then? Even had the 8000 French troops been able to defeat the 4000 Mexicans on Cinco de Mayo, they would have been tied down by years of irregular warfare, which happened anyway. Even when ruled by the original Napoleon rather than the feckless and incompetent Napoleon III, a much larger French army failed to reconquer Haiti, a much smaller land than Mexico. If CSA victory depended on French victory, the odds against the the Southern cause were worse from the beginning than anyone has ever imagined.


  5. roho

    In other words: A combined French Navy and CVS Navy would have been less effective than a stand alone CVS Navy?………………………Duh?



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