By Joseph G. Dawson III
In 1846-1847, a ragtag military of 800 American volunteers marched 3,500 miles throughout deserts and mountains, via Indian territory and into Mexico. There they passed the Mexican military certainly one of its so much demoralizing defeats and helped the USA win its first international warfare. Their chief Colonel Alexander Doniphan, additionally a volunteer, used to be a "natural soldier" of towering stature who grew to become a countrywide hero within the wake of his wartime exploits.
Doniphan was once a small-town Missouri legal professional untrained in army issues whilst he responded President Polk's demand volunteers within the battle with Mexico. operating from a number of basic assets, Joseph Dawson specializes in Doniphan's impressive management and chronicles how the colonel and his 1st Missouri fixed Regiment helped catch New Mexico and went directly to invade Chihuahua. Contending with wildfires, sandstorms, bad provisions, and the specter of assault from Apaches, they ultimately got here face-to-face with the ambitious cannon and cavalry of a miles higher Mexican strength. but, on the conflict of Sacramento, those hardy volunteers outflanked basic Jose Heredia's military and claimed a beautiful American victory on overseas soil.
Dawson explores and analyzes the numerous features of Doniphan's exploits, from the choice to continue to Chihuahua within the wake of the Taos rebellion to the strategies that formed his victory at Sacramento, describing that conflict in heart-stopping element. He tells how Doniphan's criminal services enabled him to oversee America's first army govt administering a conquered land at Santa Fe and highlights Doniphan's awesome cooperation with U.S. military officials at a time whilst antagonism typified relationships among volunteers and regulars. He additionally introduces readers to different key personalities of the crusade, from fellow officials Stephen W. Kearny and Meriwether L. Clark to James Kiker, the debatable scout whom Doniphan reluctantly trusted.
Dawson's thorough account captures the expansionist temper of the USA within the mid-nineteenth century and is helping us know the way American squaddies have been prompted by way of the assumption of occur future. His portrait of Doniphan and his troops reinforces the significance of the citizen-soldier in American historical past and gives a brand new window at the struggle that modified endlessly the hopes and goals of our border countries.
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Doniphan's Epic March: The 1st Missouri Volunteers in the Mexican War by Joseph G. Dawson III