Zachary Taylor mission was to protect the new state from any attack.
In early April, a Mexican general sent a message to Taylor, ordering him to return to the east bank of the Neuces.
The next day, Taylor sent word to Washington that fighting had begun.
In November 1845 President James K. Polk sent John slidell to Mexico to settle the disputes.
The border conflict in which Dana took part arose from tensions between Mexico and The United States.