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

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

For four years during the Civil War, Generals Grant and Lee clashed as bitter enemies in a war that bloodied and scorched the American landscape. Yet in an earlier time, they had worn the same uniform and fought together.
In The Training Ground, acclaimed historian Martin Dugard presents the saga of how, two decades before the Civil War, a group of West Point graduates—including Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, and William Tecumseh Sherman—fought together as brothers. Drawing on a range of primary sources and original research, Dugard paints a gripping narrative of the Mexican War, which eventually almost doubled the size of the United States.
The Training Ground vividly takes us into the thick brush of Palo Alto, where a musket ball narrowly misses Grant but kills a soldier standing near him; through the mountains and ravines of Cerro Gordo, as Lee searches frantically for a secret route into the Mexican army’s seemingly invincible position; to Monterrey, as future enemies Davis and Grant ride together into battle; down the California coast, where war-hungry Sherman seeks blood and vengeance. And we are there as the young troops mount the final heroic—and deadly—assault on Mexico City. With narrative verve and brilliant research, The Training Ground brings to light a story of brotherhood, sacrifice, and initiation by fire.

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ISBN-13: 9780803228122
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 12/01/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 472
Sales rank: 673,547
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note
Book One: Line in the Sand
One: Corpus Christi
Two: Rio Grande
Three: Rough and Ready
Four: Fields of Fire
Five: Call to Battle
Six: Fort Texas
Seven: Clash
Eight: Resaca de la Palma
Nine: Brown Bess
Ten: Volunteers
Eleven: Growing Up
Book Two: Taylor's War
Twelve: Camargo
Thirteen: Star-Spangled Banner
Fourteen: Eager for Action
Fifteen: First Mississippi
Sixteen: The Westerner
Seventeen: The Rifles
Eighteen: Supply Train
Nineteen: Prelude
Twenty: Monterrey, Day One
Twenty-One: Monterrey, Day Two
Twenty-Two: The Mortar
Book Three: Politics and War
Twenty-Three: Change of Command
Twenty-Four: The Perils of Occupation
Twenty-Five: Policy and Power
Book Four: Scott's War
Twenty-Six: Transfers
Twenty-Seven: The Artillery Officer
Twenty-Eight: One Step Closer
Twenty-Nine: California
Thirty: Taylor Stands Alone
Thirty-One: The Hacienda
Thirty-Two: Lobos Island
Thirty-Three: Invasion
Thirty-Four: National Road
Thirty-Five: Twiggs's Dilemma
Thirty-Six: Reconnaissance
Thirty-Seven: Pressing the Advantage
Book Five: The Aztec Club
Thirty-Eight: "Nothing Can Stop This Army"
Thirty-Nine: Old Glory
Forty: Conquest
Forty-One: Fourth of July
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Selected Notes and Biographies
Selected Bibliography

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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.]
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"Hello." Meows a silver she with wings and right eye is azure, left is brown. "My clan, Treeclan, 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.