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The first and most imperative necessity in war is money, for money means everything else – men, guns, ammunition.

The most common explanation of the South’s near victory in the Civil War – and of the prolonged nature of the war with the north unable to achieve quick victory despite every material advantage – was the lack of ability of the northern command and commanders. All the way from a commander-in-chief who had no appreciable military experience – and had begun and ended a career in Congress protesting the war that brought Texas [and the territory that would become New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah] into the Republic – through officers who ran human wave tactics rather than manuever and turned blood and thunder into thud and blunder. Mills was one of these. An undistinguished record during the War of Northern Aggression that he parlayed into a decoration during the Indian wars for an ill-advised action that was nearly a second Little Bighorn. Retired – in an action reminiscent of the action to try to patent the steering wheel – he succeeded in selling the army a canvas bandolier and cashed royalty checks forever more proving – for neither the first nor last time – that when it comes to doing business with the government it is not what you know but who you know. God save the Republic from such men and save our history from such primary sources.

My story  Anson Mills ; edited by C.H. Claudy ; with a new introduction by John D. McDermott  Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, c 2003  Softcover. Originally published: Washington, D.C. : Anson Mills, 1918. xxviii, 412 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Clean, tight and strong binding. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG


Anson Mills fought with the 3rd United States Cavalry in the Civil War, and commanded troops in the wars against Western Indians (most notably at the Battle of Slim Buttes on September 9, 1878). He invented a woven cartridge belt, which allowed cavalry troops to carry ammunition with them into battle. He published his memoirs “My Story” in 1918 and the work is considered to be a primary source of information about the Indian Wars.






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