Franklin Pierce

Political Offices

What events during his military career were later seized by his opponents during the campaign?

Pierce fell off his horse twice and fainted while leading his forces at the Battle of Contreras and later at Churubusco. Allegedly, comments by a fellow officer led to accusations that Pierce was a coward. Actually, Pierce showed bravery by wishing to fight alongside his men and even pleading with General Scott to let him lead his brigade rather than rest behind the lines.


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