Company "A" Corps of Engineers, U.S.A., 1846-1848, in the Mexican War

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Kent State University Press, 2001 - History - 96 pages
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This important memoir illuminates life within the Regular Army of the antebellum years. The U.S. Company of Sappers, Miners, and Pontooniers, which Congress authorized on May 13, 1846, quickly became one of the army's elite units. During the Mexico City campaign, Company A played a significant role in scouting, building fortifications, and setting artillery batteries. Gustavus Woodson Smith, the unit commander and author of the text, describes the training and discipline of the enlisted soldiers. His commentary also provides interesting insights into the early careers of future Civil War generals - Lee. Beauregard, Pemberton, and McClellan. The narrative is also a striking testament to the impact of West Point-trained officers on the course of the war and to the effectiveness of Winfield Scott's army.
 

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Contents

Enlistment Instruction Detention on the Rio Grande March to Victoria and Tampico Landing at Vera Cruz Death of Captain Swift
1
Engaged in Operations against Vera Cruz
19
After the Surrender of Vera Cruz to the Occupation of Puebla
28
From Puebla to Churubusco
37
5 Capture of the City of Mexico
54
In the City of Mexico Return to West Point
65
Brief Extracts from Wilcoxs History of the Mexican War 1892
75
Promotions of Enlisted Men of the Company
79
Notes
82
Bibliography
91
Index
93
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Leonne M. Hudson is associate professor of history at Kent State University and the faculty advisor to Phi Alpha Theta. He received his B.A. at Voorhees College and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Kent State University. Professor Hudson's specialty is 19th Century U.S. history. His research interests include the Mexican War and the Civil War era, particularly the military contributions of black troops to the Union effort.

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