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ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
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Mexican American War

1-50910 Adams, Anton WAR IN MEXICO An excellent military account, complete o/b's, 20b/w maps, 16 color plates of uniforms/flags, very detailed look at the Mexican Army, biblio, index. 1 vol, 208 pgs 1998 CHICAGO, EMPEOR'S PRESS
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1-46800 Bauer, Jack K. THE MEXICAN WAR:1846-1848 Part of the 'Macmillan Wars of the United States' series, b/w maps, illust, biblio, index.

Much has been written about the Mexican war, but this . . . is the best military history of that conflict. . . . Leading personalities, civilian and military, Mexican and American, are given incisive and fair evaluations. The coming of war is seen as unavoidable, given American expansion and Mexican resistance to loss of territory, compounded by the fact that neither side understood the other. The events that led to war are described with reference to military strengths and weaknesses, and every military campaign and engagement is explained in clear detail and illustrated with good maps. . . . Problems of large numbers of untrained volunteers, discipline and desertion, logistics, diseases and sanitation, relations with Mexican civilians in occupied territory, and Mexican guerrilla operations are all explained, as are the negotiations which led to war's end and the Mexican cession. 1 vol, 486 pgs 1992 NE, BISON BOOKS
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2-46800 Bauer, Jack K. THE MEXICAN WAR:1846-1848 Part of the 'Macmillan Wars of the United States' series, b/w maps, illust, biblio, index.

Much has been written about the Mexican war, but this . . . is the best military history of that conflict. . . . Leading personalities, civilian and military, Mexican and American, are given incisive and fair evaluations. The coming of war is seen as unavoidable, given American expansion and Mexican resistance to loss of territory, compounded by the fact that neither side understood the other. The events that led to war are described with reference to military strengths and weaknesses, and every military campaign and engagement is explained in clear detail and illustrated with good maps. . . . Problems of large numbers of untrained volunteers, discipline and desertion, logistics, diseases and sanitation, relations with Mexican civilians in occupied territory, and Mexican guerrilla operations are all explained, as are the negotiations which led to war's end and the Mexican cession. 1 vol, 454 pgs 1974 NEW YORK, MACMILLAN COMP.
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1-202050 Connelley, William Elsey WAR WITH MEXICO -- 1846-1847: Doniphan's Expedition and the Conquest of New Mexico and California In June of 1846, under orders from Gen. Stephen Kearny, Col. Alexander Doniphan led the 1st Regiment of Missouri Mounted Volunteers on an extended 3,600 mile march into contested territory.

This expedition took the Army of the West from Ft. Leavenworth to Santa Fe, and then through to Chihuahua, Saltillo and Matamoras, Mexico, with decisive American victories at the battles of Brazito and Sacramento.

The campaign is described here in the first-hand account of John Taylor Hughes, a private in the 1st Regiment and the official historian of the campaign. Hughes' seminal text, Doniphan's Expedition (originally published in 1847), offers a day-by-day retelling of events on the march culminating in the Battle of Sacramento, in which Doniphan's 1,164 Missouri volunteers overcame some 4000 Mexican regulars to occupy Chihuahua City.

The narrative is not confined only to military operations, however. Hughes discusses at great length the character of the New Mexico landscape, buffalo hunting, the everyday activities of the soldier in camp, the habits of the plains Indians and the interactions of American soldiers with the Mexican villagers. The Navajo and Apache were a constant presence during the expedition, posing a serious threat to the supply lines and messengers. By contrast, the Mexicans are most often portrayed as a nuisance, trespassing in camp and distracting the men from their duties.

Connely's 1907 edition features extensive historical and genealogical annotations, additional biographical sketches, fifty pages of regimental rosters, two large fold-out maps, 11 appendices and a comprehensive index. Biographical sketches are included for Col. Doniphan and other key figures in the campaign such as Gen. Kearny, Major-General Sterling Price and John T. Hughes, supplemented by Hughes' diary, Col. Doniphan's memoirs and the narrative of one Charles R. Morehead, a member of Doniphan's supply train. Appendices include an interview with Col. Doniphan, a short history of the Santa Fe Trail and several brief genealogical sketches of Mexican War veterans. 1 vol, 688 pgs 2000 US, HERITAGE BOOKS
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1-197120 Dishman, Christopher D A PERFECT GIBRALTAR: The Battle for Monterrey, Mexico, 1846 The dramatic story of the U.S. Army's first major encounter with urban warfare with 27 b/w illust and seven maps.

For three days in the fall of 1846, U.S. and Mexican soldiers fought fiercely in the picturesque city of Monterrey, turning the northern Mexican town, known for its towering mountains and luxurious gardens, into one of the nineteenth century's most gruesome battlefields. Led by Brigadier General Zachary Taylor, graduates of the U.S. Military Academy encountered a city almost perfectly protected by mountains, a river, and a vast plain.

Monterey's ideal defensive position inspired more than one U.S. soldier to call the city 'a perfect Gibraltar.' The first day of fighting was deadly for the Americans, especially the newly graduated West Point cadets, but they soon adjusted their tactics and began fighting building to building.

Chris D. Dishman conveys in a vivid narrative the intensity and drama of the Battle of Monterrey, which marked the first time U.S. troops engaged in prolonged urban combat. Future Civil War generals and West Point graduates fought desperately alongside rough Texan, Mississippian, and Tennessean volunteers. General Taylor engineered one of the army's first wars of maneuver at Monterrey by sending the bulk of his troops against the weakest part of the city. Embedded press reporters wrote eyewitness accounts of the action for readers back in the States.

Dishman interweaves descriptions of troop maneuvers and clashes between units using pistols and rifles with accounts of hand-to-hand combat involving edged weapons, stones, clubs, and bare hands. He brings regular soldiers and citizen volunteers to life in personal vignettes that draw on firsthand accounts from letters, diaries, and reports written by men on both sides. An epilogue carries the narrative thread to the conclusion of the war. 1 vol, 344 pgs 2011 US, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA PRESS
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1-28530 Frost, J. MEXICAN WAR AND ITS WARRIORS History of the Operations of the American Armies in Mexico, with biographical sketches of the most distinguished Officers, eyewitness reports and contemporary correspondence, b/w maps, and illustrations. 1 vol, 342 pgs 2008 BOWIE, HERITAGE PRESS
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1-60050 Kendall, George Wilkins DISPATCHES FROM THE MEXICAN WAR Kendall brought a keen eye and a good ear to thecoverage of the war as he traveled with Taylor'sarmy 1 vol, 448 pgs 1999 NORMAN, UNIV OKLAHOMA
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1-191660 Lewis, Felice Flanery Trailing Clouds of Glory The first examination of the roles played in the Mexican War by the large number of men who served with Taylor and who would be prominent in the ACW both as volunteer and regular army officers. 1 vol, 368 pgs 2010 US, UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
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1-56610 Marshall, Bruce UNIFORMS OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS, 1836-1846 8.5x11, (26) color plates and (30) b/w illust. 1 vol, 88 pgs 1999 ATGLEN, SCHIFFER PUBLIS'G
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1-70520 Marshall, Bruce UNIFORMS OF THE ALAMO/TEXAS REVOLUTION 1835-36 8.5x11, (22) color plates. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2003 ATGLEN, SCHIFFER BOOKS
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1-60550 Nofi, Albert A. ALAMO AND THE TEXAS WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE, THE The author offers a strategic & tactical analysisof the war as well as technical data, details ofwaepons, o/b's, casualty lists, maps including themost detailed to date of San Jacinto, biblio, indx 1 vol, 222 pgs 1992 PA, COMBINED BOOKS
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1-75560 Reid, Stuart ORGANISATION OF THE TEXIAN ARMY, THE An operational history with uniform details, o/b's (4) color pages of unit flags, footnotes, biblio, appendix on the Mexican Field Force. 1 vol, 36 pgs 2013 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-191810 Tucker, Phillip EXODUS FROM THE ALAMO:Anatomy of the Last Stand Contrary to movie and legend, we now know that the defenders of the Alamo died during a predawn attack, and that most of the Texans escaped only to die on the surrounding plains to Cavalry. 1 vol, 432 pgs 2010 US, CASEMATE PUBLISHING
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1-922267 Various TRADITION # 267 May - June 2013 Cover: The Alamo (1836).
Also in this issue: The campaign of 1795 the army of the Sambre and Meuse; Eagles in Spain: The 34th line; Perspectives on the Russian Irregulars; Drum Major in the Imperial Guard; and Memories of a British lieutenant in Waterloo. 1 vol, 68 pgs 2013 FRANCE, LCV
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1-68980 Woodson, Smith, Gustavus edited by Leonne Hudson COMPANY 'A' CORPS OF ENGINEEERS, 1846-1848 The US Company of Sappers, Miners & Pontooniersquickly became one of the Army's elite unitsduring the Mexican War, b/w illust/maps, biblio,notes, appendicies, index. 1 vol, 120 pgs 2002 ASHLAND, KENT STATE UNIV
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