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On the Prairie of Palo Alto: Historical Archaeology of the U.S.--Mexican War Battlefield (Texas A & M University Military History)

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The Battle of Palo Alto marked several firsts in American history: a new generation of professional soldiers--Ulysses S. Grant, George G. Meade, and James Longstreet--provided a wealth of expert knowledge to their senior officers; the military demonstrated the superior qualities of their newly introduced andquot;flyingandquot; artillery, one that would see fruition during the far greater epoch of the Civil War; and graduates of the U.S. Military Academy experienced their first major test.

The battle was essentially an artillery duel that pitted highly effective U.S. cannon against Mexican cannon of antiquated design. The Americans rapidly deployed at will two field batteries, each consisting of six- and twelve-pounder guns and howitzers. Two eighteen-pounder siege guns, periodically hauled forward by teams of oxen, contributed to the decimation of the Mexican infantry. In contrast, Mexican four- and eight-pounder guns lacked the maneuverability and range needed to check their aggressive adversary.

Although the Mexicans attempted flanking and frontal attacks on the U.S. lines, they were repulsed with heavy losses. Unable to maneuver, and confused and bloodied after standing all day under artillery fire, the Mexicans withdrew.

In On the Prairie of Palo Alto, Charles M. Haecker and Jeffrey G. Mauck use an interdisciplinary approach, combining research of a historian with that of a historical archaeologist, to present an accurate version of how the battle developed and concluded.

By reviewing historical accounts of the battle, comparing and contrasting both Mexican and U.S. documents pertaining to the battle, analyzing contemporary battlefield maps, and examining relevant areas of the battlefield site itself, the authors have determined that several significant differences between the American and Mexican versions of battle events and that the American version more closely approximates the truth.

Military historians and U.S.andndash;Mexican War enthusiasts will find this analysis of the actual conduct of the battle interesting and insightful.

and#160;andldquo;One need not be schooled in military history or archaeology to benefit from this research, for the authors do an excellent job of maintaining the interest of [both] the scholarly reader and anyone new to these subjects.andrdquo;andmdash;Journal of the Westand#160;

andldquo;I would highly recommend this volume for people interested in the history of the Mexican War and Manifest Destiny, period military equipment, and the archaeological study of historical events, such as battles, which could be interpreted from an anthropological perspective.andrdquo;andmdash;North American Archaeologistand#160;

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andldquo;One need not be schooled in military history or archaeology to benefit from this research, for the authors do an excellent job of maintaining the interest of [both] the scholarly reader and anyone new to these subjects.andrdquo;andmdash;Journal of the West

and#160;

Synopsis:

The Battle of Palo Alto marked several firsts in American history: a new generation of professional soldiers - Ulysses S. Grant, George G. Meade, and James Longstreet - provided a wealth of expert knowledge to their senior officers; the military demonstrated the superior qualities of their newly introduced "flying" artillery, one that would see fruition during the far greater epoch of the Civil War; and graduates of the U.S. Military Academy experienced their first major test. The battle was essentially an artillery duel that pitted highly effective U.S. canon against Mexican cannon of antiquated design. Although the Mexicans attempted flanking and frontal attacks on the U.S. lines, they were repulsed with heavy losses. Unable to maneuver, and confused and bloodied after standing all day under artillery fire, the Mexicans withdrew. In On the Prairie of Palo Alto, Charles M. Haecker and Jeffrey G. Mauck use an interdisciplinary approach, coupling the research of a historian with that of a historical archaeologist, to present an accurate version of how the battle developed and concluded.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [205]-220) and index.

About the Author

Charles M. Haecker is a staff archaeologist with the National Park Service Regional Office, Santa Fe, New Mexico.Jeffrey G. Mauck is a historian with Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc., Lexington, Kentucky. He is also an independent consultant.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780890967584
Subtitle:
Historical Archaeology of the U.S.and#150;Mexican War Battlefield
Author:
Haecker, Charles M.
Author:
Mauck, Jeffrey G.
Publisher:
Texas AandM University Press
Location:
College Station :
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Battlefields
Subject:
History, Local
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Texas
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Archaeology and history
Subject:
Texas Antiquities.
Subject:
Archaeology and history -- Texas -- Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site.
Subject:
Mexican War, 184
Subject:
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site
Subject:
Military - General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Williams-Ford Texas AandM University Military History Series
Series Volume:
RCP10555
Publication Date:
20090817
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
47 bandw photos., 11 line drawings., 11
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in 1.79 lb

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On the Prairie of Palo Alto: Historical Archaeology of the U.S.--Mexican War Battlefield (Texas A & M University Military History)
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Product details 248 pages Texas A&M University Press - English 9780890967584 Reviews:
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andldquo;One need not be schooled in military history or archaeology to benefit from this research, for the authors do an excellent job of maintaining the interest of [both] the scholarly reader and anyone new to these subjects.andrdquo;andmdash;Journal of the West

and#160;

"Synopsis" by , The Battle of Palo Alto marked several firsts in American history: a new generation of professional soldiers - Ulysses S. Grant, George G. Meade, and James Longstreet - provided a wealth of expert knowledge to their senior officers; the military demonstrated the superior qualities of their newly introduced "flying" artillery, one that would see fruition during the far greater epoch of the Civil War; and graduates of the U.S. Military Academy experienced their first major test. The battle was essentially an artillery duel that pitted highly effective U.S. canon against Mexican cannon of antiquated design. Although the Mexicans attempted flanking and frontal attacks on the U.S. lines, they were repulsed with heavy losses. Unable to maneuver, and confused and bloodied after standing all day under artillery fire, the Mexicans withdrew. In On the Prairie of Palo Alto, Charles M. Haecker and Jeffrey G. Mauck use an interdisciplinary approach, coupling the research of a historian with that of a historical archaeologist, to present an accurate version of how the battle developed and concluded.
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