The training ground : Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846-1848 New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2008 Martin Dugard United States. Army History Mexican War, 1846-1848 Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. xiii, 446 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 421-430) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
Few historical figures are as inextricably linked as Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. But less than two decades before they faced each other as enemies at Appomattox, they had been brothers – both West Point graduates, both wearing blue, and both fighting in the same cadre in the Mexican War. They were not alone: Sherman, Davis, Jackson – nearly all of the Civil War’s greatest soldiers had been forged in the heat of Vera Cruz and Monterrey.
The Mexican War has faded from our national memory, but it was a struggle of enormous significance: the first north American war waged by the United States Army on foreign soil it nearly doubled our nation. At this fascinating juncture of American history, a group of young men came together to fight as friends, only years later to fight as enemies. This is their story. Full of dramatic battles, daring rescues, secret missions, soaring triumphs and tragic losses, THE TRAINING GROUND is history at its finest.