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