You are standing on the western edge of Palo Alto Battlefield.
If you were here on the afternoon of the battle, you would’ve had to duck for cover as the air would have been filled with cannonballs.
Directly in front of the overlook lay the remnants of the historic Matamoros to Point Isabel Road.
Off to the south, is the Mexican battle line and to the north is the U.S. battle line.
The spot the battle of Palo Alto took place was typical of 19th century warfare...an open prairie with good visibility.
This was still the age of smooth bore weapons.
Even the field artillery used here only had an effective range of 600 to 700 yards.
Muskets had an even shorter range of 80 to 100 yards, making this clash more up close and personal than some of today’s warfare.
Aside from two offensive attempts by the Mexican cavalry, the battle of Palo Alto was largely an artillery affair with very little involvement by either side’s infantry.
In fact, at one point the U.S. infantry was told to sit or lay down so as get out the way of bouncing Mexican cannonballs.