The Mexican military commander, accused of cowardice, had been taken from the battle area to the capital at Chihuahua. There he was shown the fortifications at Sacremento Pass designed to stop the devil-Americans of Alexander Doniphan. The Mexican officer was impressed with the defenses. But he told his fellow officers, “Those Americans will roll over them like dogs. They do not fight as we do.” A few days earlier he had met those Americans. And a few days later, it turned out, he was right.