The action at Carricitos would set off a series of tactical maneuvers and clashes between General Zachary Taylor and General Mariano Arista.
The two men would go on to lead their armies against each other in the first major battles of the U.S.-Mexican War.
At Palo Alto the armies of the U.S. and Mexico would do battle in an artillery duel the Mexican army was not prepared to fight.
The armies would fight themselves to a standstill at Palo Alto.
After Arista pulled back to Resaca de la Palma, the two armies clashed again.