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It is to the credit of the American nation, however, that after conquering Mexico, and while practically holding the country in our possession, so that we could have retained the whole of it, or made any terms we chose, we paid a round sum for the additional territory taken; more than it was worth, or was likely to be, to Mexico. To us it was an empire and of incalculable value; but it might have been obtained by other means. The Southern rebellion was largely the outgrowth of the Mexican war. Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions. We got our punishment in the most sanguinary and expensive war of modern times… Ulysses S. Grant, Memoirs

Jefferson Davis in Command of the Mississippi regiment he raised and armed to fight in Mexico

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  

Col. Robert E. Lee, USA who would be cited for consipicuous gallantry in the Mexican War.

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.

Thomas J. Jackson – before he was “Stonewall” – during the Mexican War

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.

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