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

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

Format:  Hardcover,

446 pages

Publisher: Little Brown & Co

Publish Date: May 2008

ISBN-13: 9780316166256

ISBN-10: 0316166251

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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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Publisher: Little Brown & Co
Publish Date: May 2008
ISBN-13: 9780316166256
ISBN-10: 0316166251
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 446
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.25
Walmart No.: 9780316166256

About the author

Biography of Dugard, Martin

Martin Dugard is one of today's foremost adventure writers. His work appears regularly in "GQ", "Sports Illustrated" & "Esquire". He won the 1997 Dallas Press Club "Katie" award for Best Magazine Sports Story. An avid adventurer himself, Dugard has completed the Raid Gauloises adventure race three times. He is co-holder of the Around the World Speed Record (New York New York in 31 hours, 28 minutes) & he makes his home with his wife & three boys in Orange County, California.

Chapter outline

Author's Note
Appomattox
Prologue
Line in the Sand
Corpus Christi
Rio Grande
Rough and Ready
Fields of Fire
Call to Battle
Fort Texas
Clash
Resaca de la Palma
Brown Bess
Volunteers
Growing Up
Taylor's War
Camargo
Star-Spangled Banner
Eager for Action
First Mississippi
The Westerner
The Rifles
Supply Train
Prelude
Monterrey, Day One
Monterrey, Day Two
The Mortar
Politics and War
Change of Command
The Perils of Occupation
Policy and Power
Scott's War
Transfers
The Artillery Officer
One Step Closer
California
Taylor Stands Alone
The Hacienda
Lobos Island
Invasion
National Road
Twiggs's Dilemma
Reconnaissance
Pressing the Advantage
The Aztec Club
Nothing Can Stop This Army
Old Glory
Conquest
Fourth of July
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Selected Notes and Biographies
Selected Bibliography
Index

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2008-04-15)

In his newest work, New York Times best-selling author Dugard (The Last Voyage of Columbus: America's Continental Dream and the Mexican War, 1846-1848) gives a straightforward account of the Mexican War, but with a twist. He let's us see the war through the eyes of several young officers--primarily Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee but also George G. Meade, William T. Sherman, Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, and others--who would rise to prominence during the Civil War.

While Dugard does sketch in the big picture so that the reader is able to understand the course of the Mexican War, his purpose is to provide a richly detailed account of the battles, secret missions, and daring rescues and thus to show how participation in the Mexican War prepared these junior officers for the roles they would later play in the Civil War. Academic libraries will prefer Joseph Wheelan's Invading Mexico, Timothy J. Henderson's A Glorious Defeat, and John C. Pinheiro's Manifest Ambition. This less scholarly book will appeal to lay readers and Civil War buffs and is recommended for all public libraries.

-Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette

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Book description

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--bothWest Pointgraduates, 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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