The Training Ground: Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846-1848

The Training Ground: Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846-1848

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by Martin Dugard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803228120

ISBN-13: 9780803228122

Pub. Date: 12/01/2009

Publisher: UNP - Bison Books

Few historical figures are as inextricably linked as Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. But less than two decades before they faced each other as enemies at Appomattox, they had been brothers--both West Point graduates, both wearing blue, and both fighting in the same cadre in the…  See more details below

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Few historical figures are as inextricably linked as Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. But less than two decades before they faced each other as enemies at Appomattox, they had been brothers--both West Point graduates, both wearing blue, and both fighting in the same cadre in the Mexican War. They were not alone: Sherman, Davis, Jackson-nearly all of the Civil War's greatest soldiers had been forged in the heat of Vera Cruz and Monterrey.
The Mexican War has faded from our national memory, but it was a struggle of enormous significance: the first U.S. war waged on foreign soil; and it nearly doubled our nation. At this fascinating juncture of American history, a group of young men came together to fight as friends, only years later to fight as enemies. This is their story. Full of dramatic battles, daring rescues, secret missions, soaring triumphs and tragic losses, THE TRAINING GROUND is history at its finest.

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ISBN-13:
9780803228122
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
472
Sales rank:
383,870
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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The Training Ground 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
C_S_Glass More than 1 year ago
When your friends cannot understand how reading a history book could possibly be interesting, this is what you give them. Don't even let them complain that it's about war. Marvelously written as if it was a riveting novel, The Training Ground gives a count-by-count rehash of the battles of the Mexican-American war along with excellent insights into the main "characters". Dougard uses short chapters to keep the book moving while sparing no detail in the glory and the greusomeness of war- even the descriptions of operations on injured soldiers are captivating. Yes, as a read, it's that good. For those acquainted with the Civil War, it's even better- personal stories of Grant, Davis, Longstreet, Lee, and more peak the curiosity as they were all fighting for and with each other, proving themselves to themselves and others, totally unknowing of what was to come fifteen years later. Anyone who likes the Civil War must read this because that conflict is totally and completely unimaginable had the leaders and soldiers not experienced the Mexican "training ground". What a different country this would be today; all of these men were in a "military lull" that they expected to never end, but this war prepared them for the fight of a lifetime in the future. [A note I must mention- this book was not about Lincoln, but two things as printed were incorrect. 1) He was elected President in 1860, not 1859; 2) He lived in Indiana between his youth in Kentucky and adulthood in Illinois, as opposed to moving straight from KY to IL. I don't know how these things were not corrected before publishing, but they do not take away anything.]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grr. I specifically said it wasn't forever. SPECIFICALLY SAID. Look at his last post at "prism" first result. He's fooling himself if he thinks he'll get either Prism OR Seven at this rate. Hmf.
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"Hello." Meows a silver she with wings and right eye is azure, left is brown. "My clan, Treeclan, died...so i never finished training. Can i get some training here?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A soft orange tabby she cat wiith bright gren eyes padded in. "Hello. I wish to learn to the ways f a warrior. Is this t rght place?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is where the pups train. The assessment place is in assessment third result.