Mr. Polk's Army: The American Military Experience in the Mexican War

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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. Taking a "new" military history approach, Mr. Polk's Army: The American Military Experience in the Mexican War examines the cultural, social, and ...
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Overview

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. Taking a "new" military history approach, Mr. Polk's Army: The American Military Experience in the Mexican War 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.
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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.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgment
Ch. 1 Jacksonians at War 3
Ch. 2 The American Military Establishment 15
Ch. 3 Mr. Polk's Generals 32
Ch. 4 The Regulars 50
Ch. 5 The Volunteers 66
Ch. 6 Tools of the Trade 88
Ch. 7 Life in Mr. Polk's Army 113
Ch. 8 Dog Cheap to the Living 139
Ch. 9 The Land of Montezumas 167
Ch. 10 Mr. Polk's Army 186
Epilogue: A Pyrrhic Victory 202
Notes 207
Bibliography 255
Index 273
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