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The Resource Recollections of the War with Mexico, John Corey Henshaw ; edited with an introduction by Gary F. Kurutz

Recollections of the War with Mexico, John Corey Henshaw ; edited with an introduction by Gary F. Kurutz

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Recollections of the War with Mexico
Title
Recollections of the War with Mexico
Statement of responsibility
John Corey Henshaw ; edited with an introduction by Gary F. Kurutz
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Language
eng
Summary
"Major John Henshaw, a dutiful regimental officer in the American invasion of Mexico, was one of only a handful of eyewitnesses to describe the two major theaters of that war from start to finish. But unlike most of his peers, he did not see himself as a conquering warrior and took pride in never having taken a life. He even wrote, 2If I were alone, no earthly power could induce me to lend a helping hand in this base and infamous war.3 This book presents Henshaw{u2019}s recollections for the first time, covering all the action from the first skirmish in southern Texas to the collapse of Mexico City. As a member of the Seventh Infantry Regiment, this pugnacious line officer from New England served under both of the war{u2019}s principal generals, Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott, and survived seven major battles. His writings constitute a virtual 2minority opinion3 report on the Mexican War. Henshaw{u2019}s recollections include a rare and highly descriptive account of the siege of Fort Texas (later Fort Brown), plus rich new details of the storming of the Bishop{u2019}s Palace at Monterrey, the bombardment of Veracruz, the assault on Cerro Gordo, and the savage fighting outside the capital. His records of battles, marches, and maneuvers greatly augment what is already known about the campaign, but in addition to reporting daily occurrences and describing combat in graphic detail, Henshaw also reflected on the strategies and tactics{u2014}and what he saw as shortcomings{u2014}of officers on both sides. Bitingly critical of those in command, of American volunteers, and of the war{u2019}s glory hounds, Henshaw admired the valor of ordinary soldiers on both sides of the fighting. And in the midst of the carnage, he also found time to describe Mexico{u2019}s cities and scenery in rhapsodic prose and express considerable empathy for its people. In addition to the 2Recollections,3 the volume includes vivid passages from letters Henshaw sent back to his wife, which supply additional details of the campaign. Editor Gary Kurutz provides an extensive biography of Henshaw, as well as comprehensive annotations to the text. What Henshaw may have lacked as an unquestioning officer he more than made up for as an astute observer. Offering a decidedly different view of this war of American expansion, these writings with their balanced approach lend a fresh perspective among other primary sources and paint a startlingly honest picture of both Americans fighting abroad and those they fought."--Publishers website
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
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1815-1877
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Henshaw, John C.
Dewey number
973.6/2092
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
E411
LC item number
.H36 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Kurutz, Gary F
  • University of Missouri Press
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  • Henshaw, John C
  • Henshaw, John C
  • Mexican War, 1846-1848
  • Mexican War, 1846-1848
Label
Recollections of the War with Mexico, John Corey Henshaw ; edited with an introduction by Gary F. Kurutz
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
The march from Corpus Christi to the Río Grande, March-April 1846 -- The siege of Fort Texas, May-June 1846 -- An examination of the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma -- "A fandango in Monterrey," September 1846 -- A brief history of the towns through which the American Army passed from Matamoros to Monterrey -- The march to Tampico and the Gulf of Mexico, October 9, 1846-January 22, 1847 -- The siege of Veracruz, February 20-March 20, 1847 -- Cerro Gordo and the march to Mexico City, April 4-August 10, 1847 -- Mexico City and occupation, August 11, 1847-November 6, 1847 -- Final observations on Mexico
Control code
182851107
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 253 pages
Isbn
9780826217998
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008006595
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)182851107
Label
Recollections of the War with Mexico, John Corey Henshaw ; edited with an introduction by Gary F. Kurutz
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The march from Corpus Christi to the Río Grande, March-April 1846 -- The siege of Fort Texas, May-June 1846 -- An examination of the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma -- "A fandango in Monterrey," September 1846 -- A brief history of the towns through which the American Army passed from Matamoros to Monterrey -- The march to Tampico and the Gulf of Mexico, October 9, 1846-January 22, 1847 -- The siege of Veracruz, February 20-March 20, 1847 -- Cerro Gordo and the march to Mexico City, April 4-August 10, 1847 -- Mexico City and occupation, August 11, 1847-November 6, 1847 -- Final observations on Mexico
Control code
182851107
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 253 pages
Isbn
9780826217998
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008006595
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)182851107

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