When the United States declared war on Mexico in 1846, mainly over the issue of the annexation of Texas, Kentuckians supported the war and men volunteered with overwhelming enthusiasm. In addition to the desire for more slave territory and to protect relatives living in Texas, the main impetus behind Kentuckians' excitement over war was to have a new generation to gain personal honor by identifying with the Kentucky tradition of patriotism and honor through military service. Kentuckians played a major part in winning the Battle of Buena Vista and ensured that honor would stay with the state in its wartime performances.
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