West Pointers and the Civil War

West Pointers and the Civil War

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Most Civil War generals were graduates of West Point, and many of them helped transform the U.S. Army from what was little better than an armed mob that performed poorly during the War of 1812 into the competent fighting force that won the Mexican War. Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh demonstrates how the qold armyq transformed itself into a professional military force after 1814, and, more important, how qold armyq methods profoundly shaped the conduct of the Civil War.look forward to the Civil War in a manner that does some violence to the much more confused pace and progress of events during the actual pe- riod in question . ... Mexican War probably did not expect or fully anticipate the decisive role their arm would play in the battles of 1846 and 1847. THE U.S. ARMYa#39;s infantry had had no standard tactical manual at the outbreak of the War of 1812, and the cavalryanbsp;...

Title:West Pointers and the Civil War
Author: Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh
Publisher:Univ of North Carolina Press - 2009-11-15

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