Company A, corps of engineers, U.S.A., 1846-48, in the Mexican war Gustavus Woodson Smith

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Company A, corps of engineers, U.S.A., 1846-48, in the Mexican war by Gustavus Woodson Smith
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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 armys elite units. During the MexicoMoreThis 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 armys 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 Scotts army.



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