3¢ Kearny Expedition
Issue Date: October 16, 1946
City: Santa Fe, N.M.
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Perforations: 11 x 10 1/2
Color: Brown violet
U.S. #944 commemorates the 100th anniversary of Stephen Watts Kearny into Santa Fe. The stamp pictures the raising of the American flag above the governor’s palace in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1846.
General Stephen Watts Kearny Liberates Santa Fe
On August 18, 1846, General Stephen W. Kearny (1794-1848) used diplomatic finesse, rather than military might, to persuade more powerful Mexican forces to withdraw from Santa Fe during the Mexican War (1846-1848). General Kearny was able to take the city without firing a shot. After taking control of Santa Fe, Kearny established a civil government and promised a democratic administration of the area. These actions secured popular support for the U.S. government and its troops. The general went on to play a key role in the U.S. victory in the Mexican War.