May 11, 1846: War Message to Congress

President James Polk delivered the following speech on May 11, 1846. Polk lays out his administration's case for Congress to pass a declaration of war against Mexico. Hostilities between the US and Mexico began in earnest after Polk ordered the army to occupy a disputed strip of land between the Nueces and Rio Grande rivers. … Continue reading May 11, 1846: War Message to Congress

March 24, 1846: Message Regarding Increase in Military Force

President James Polk delivered the following speech on March 24, 1846. In his speech, Polk requests an increase in the US military and navy to guard against possible future hostilities with Great Britain over Oregon as well as Mexico. Polk describes US-Mexico relations being “in an unsettled condition.” The tense relations, according to Polk, required … Continue reading March 24, 1846: Message Regarding Increase in Military Force