Naked Blade: A West Point Soldier in Pre-Civil War Battles of The Indian & Mexican Wars / Edition 1by Tamara Taylor-Leigh
Pub. Date: 06/10/2003
Publisher: Getting Out By Going In
In 1833 fifteen-year-old George Taylor leaves his family home in Macon, Georgia, and enters the Military Academy at West Point with nothing more than the clothes on his back and the strong will to succeed. Through the adventures of this young man, the reader experiences life in the strict confines of the Academy, and then his life-changing experiences as an officer in… See more details below
In 1833 fifteen-year-old George Taylor leaves his family home in Macon, Georgia, and enters the Military Academy at West Point with nothing more than the clothes on his back and the strong will to succeed. Through the adventures of this young man, the reader experiences life in the strict confines of the Academy, and then his life-changing experiences as an officer in the United States 3rd Artillery.
The painful "Trail of Tears" relocation of the Cherokee Indians is the young officer¿s first assignment, then a march into the miasmic swamps of the Florida Everglades to round up the elusive Seminole Indians. When these military missions are complete, George and his comrades are called to "Defend the Rio Grande," a move that propelled the United States into the bloody war with Mexico.
This tightly woven story is based on fact and also explores the lives of soldiers who went on to stellar careers in the Civil War, men such as Grant, Lee, Early, and McClellan. America became an ocean-to-ocean national empire as a result of these valiant soldiers¿ efforts.
The eighteen original images etched by soldiers of the period provide an intensified experience of military life before the Civil War.
General Dave R. Palmer, Past Superintendent USMA at West Point
"The story of George Taylor is one well worth telling...full of adventure and human interest...."
Colonel James F. Schnabel, ret. US Army Chief Historian
"...a significant look at a most important period of United States expansion... I read it twice in one week..."
Lt. Colonel R. L. Sullivan, Commander 5th Bn 3rd Field Artillery, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.
"Thorough research... it shows!"
"The intensity of storytelling rises off the fever chart. . . What becomes striking evident is the adaptability to a screenplay." Roland Barber, Author/Pulitzer Prize Nominee, Professor UCLA
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