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

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-12-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr

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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. InThe Training Ground, acclaimed historian Martin Dugard presents the saga of how, two decades before the Civil War, a group of West Point graduatesincluding Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, and William Tecumseh Shermanfought 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 Groundvividly 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 heroicand deadlyassault on Mexico City. With narrative verve and brilliant research,The Training Groundbrings to light a story of brotherhood, sacrifice, and initiation by fire.

Author Biography

Martin Dugard is the New York Times best-selling author of such nonfiction titles as The Last Voyage of Columbus, Farther Than Any Man, Knockdown, Chasing Lance, and Into Africa.

Table of Contents

Author's Notep. ix
Appomattoxp. xi
Prologuep. 3
Line in the Sand
Corpus Christip. 39
Rio Grandep. 47
Rough and Readyp. 57
Fields of Firep. 66
Call to Battlep. 73
Fort Texasp. 77
Clashp. 83
Resaca de la Palmap. 94
Brown Bessp. 103
Volunteersp. 222
Growing Upp. 220
Taylor's War
Camargop. 229
Star-Spangled Bannerp. 136
Eager for Actionp. 242
First Mississippip. 250
The Westernerp. 258
The Riflesp. 265
Supply Trainp. 271
Preludep. 184
Monterrey, Day Onep. 197
Monterrey, Day Twop. 214
The Mortarp. 228
Politics and War
Change of Commandp. 235
The Perils of Occupationp. 243
Policy and Powerp. 249
Scott's War
Transfersp. 259
The Artillery Officerp. 263
One Step Closerp. 268
Californiap. 271
Taylor Stands Alonep. 275
The Haciendap. 280
Lobos Isaldp. 286
Invasionp. 292
National Roadp. 311
Twiggs's Dilemmap. 315
Reconnaissancep. 319
Pressing the Advantagep. 328
The Aztec Club
"Nothing Can Stop This Army"p. 335
Old Gloryp. 352
Conquestp. 363
Fourth of Julyp. 370
Epiloguep. 375
Acknowledgmentsp. 381
p. 383
p. 389
p. 393
Selected Notes and Biographiesp. 397
Selected Bibliographyp. 421
Indexp. 431
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