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Mr. Polk's Army : the American Military Experience in the Mexican War (97 Edition)

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Drawing on numerous diaries, journals, and reminiscences, Richard Bruce Winders presents the daily life of soldiers at war; links the army to the society that produced it; shares his impressions of the soldiers he "met" along the way; and concludes that American participants in the Mexican War shared a common experience, no matter their rank or place of service.

In addition to the soldiers' mundane complaints — bad food, hard marches, and long periods of incredible boredom — Winders discovers a political awareness among the soldiers that, with some, led to displaying their political affiliations while in uniform.

Taking a "new" military history approach, Mr. Polk's Army examines the cultural, social, and political aspects of the regular and volunteer forces that made up the army of 1846-48; presents the organizational framework of the army; and introduces the different styles of leadership exhibited by Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott.

Historians and those interested in the Mexican War and its participants will find this an important addition to nineteenth-century military history.

About the Author

RICHARD BRUCE WINDERS received his Ph.D in history from Texas Christian University in 1994. He is the assistant editor of the Encyclopedia of the Mexican War as well as historian and curator of the Alamo.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781585441624
Subtitle:
The American Military Experience in the Mexican War
Author:
Winders, Richard Bruce
Publisher:
Texas A & M University Press
Location:
College Station, Tex.
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - Antebellum Era
Subject:
Soldiers
Subject:
Mexican War, 184
Subject:
Soldados
Subject:
EE.UU
Subject:
Military-General History
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series
Series Volume:
104-83651
Publication Date:
20010501
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 bandw photos., 8 line drawings., 6 ta
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.1 lb

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History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Military » Mexican American War
History and Social Science » Politics » Peace and War
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
History and Social Science » US History » Revolution and Constitution Era

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Product details 288 pages Texas A&M University Press - English 9781585441624 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Drawing on numerous diaries, journals, and reminiscences, Richard Bruce Winders presents the daily life of soldiers at war; links the army to the society that produced it; shares his impressions of the soldiers he "met" along the way; and concludes that American participants in the Mexican War shared a common experience, no matter their rank or place of service.

In addition to the soldiers' mundane complaints — bad food, hard marches, and long periods of incredible boredom — Winders discovers a political awareness among the soldiers that, with some, led to displaying their political affiliations while in uniform.

Taking a "new" military history approach, Mr. Polk's Army examines the cultural, social, and political aspects of the regular and volunteer forces that made up the army of 1846-48; presents the organizational framework of the army; and introduces the different styles of leadership exhibited by Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott.

Historians and those interested in the Mexican War and its participants will find this an important addition to nineteenth-century military history.

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