Tag Archives: Mexican-American War

The Final Resting Place of Lee’s “Old Warhorse”

Gainesville, Georgia, a town of 36,306 people at the last census, sits in North Georgia  perched on the banks of Lake Lanier and straddling Interstate-985. Yet, in this Georgia town, lie the remains of James Longstreet, affectionately known during his … Continue reading

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Bivouacs of the Dead

When touring battlefields on my own or leading a group, I always try and stop by the cemeteries that are there – both to meet the men but also to reflect on the events. I try to do this whether … Continue reading

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The “Mythical” Martin Scott

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Frank Jastrzembski Not many army officers serving in the U.S.-Mexican War had as much respect and experience as Lt. Colonel Martin Scott of Vermont. Scott established a solid reputation over three decades of army service for … Continue reading

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The Irascible William Lear

ECW welcomes back guest author Frank Jastrzembski Superintendent Sylvanus Thayer stressed the importance of conduct to young cadets studying at the U.S. Military Academy during his sixteen years in this position, emphasizing that they should not only become well-versed in the … Continue reading

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Poor George Stevens

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome back guest author Frank Jastrzembski In his book Two Wars (1901), Confederate General Samuel G. French still remembered clearly the tragic demise of a classmate and friend. Lieutenant George Stevens was not yet 25 … Continue reading

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Year In Review: Mexican-American War 170th Series

This year in March 2016, the blog series “Mexican-American War 170th” started. It’s an on-going project highlighting important historical moments, leaders, battles, and common soldiers. Spearheaded by ECW author Ryan Quint, the series has brought a new perspective to the … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: Mexico In The Years Leading Up To The Mexican War (Part 1)

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome guest author Ben Allen The origins of the Mexican War go way, way back—farther than most Anglo historians have allowed. Such an expansive timeframe is the best way to understand the political machinations … Continue reading

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The Great March From Cumberland Gap

Today in 1862 ended one of the epic marches in American military history, the evacuation of the Union garrison at Cumberland Gap to the Ohio River. The men, 7,000 under Brigadier General George W. Morgan, endured a test not often … Continue reading

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Winfield Scott Reconsidered

On this day in 1841, precisely 175 years ago, Major General Winfield Scott became Commanding General of the U.S. Army. He held this post for 20 years and four months, longer than any other Commanding General or U.S. Army Chief … Continue reading

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Musings On The Bear Flag Revolt, 1846

We park the car, climb out, and wander into the grassy park. The shade trees provide a pleasant relief from the warm California sun. We pass families picnicking, nod “good afternoon” to the couples walking their dogs, and roll our … Continue reading

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