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For duty and honor : Tennessee's Mexican War experience / Timothy D. Johnson.

Author/Creator:
Johnson, Timothy D., 1957- author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
Knoxville : The University of Tennessee Press, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
ix, 302 pages: illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Subjects:
Mexican War (1846-1848)
Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Tennessee.
Tennessee -- History, Military -- 19th century.
Soldiers -- Tennessee -- History -- 19th century.
Soldiers.
Tennessee.
Form/Genre:
History.
Military history.
Summary:
"This is the first full-length work on the state's involvement in the Mexican War. Tennessee contributed a huge number of volunteers to the war effort, and Johnson's account not only seeks to describe the military context but also to explore the motivations of Tennessee soldiers. Their notions of duty, a martial mentality and strong sense of masculinity, and the aspirations of a new nationalism all combined to create a culture of honor that was the ideological wellspring for the operation. For Tennesseans, as for many Americans, the war wasn't without controversy, especially as battle casualties mounted, disease spread, the incompetence of military leaders (including Tennessee's own Gideon Pillow) became apparent"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Background: Politics and Texas
Tennessee volunteers
From Tennessee to the Rio Grande
Fandango in Monterrey
Caught in the idleness of war
Mexico's Gibraltar
An honorable martyrdom: Cerro Gordo
Opposition in the Volunteer State
The pillow factor
Mexican War legacies
The quest for recognition and respect
Epilogue: Final dispositions.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other format:
Online version: Johnson, Timothy D., 1957- For duty and honor.
ISBN:
9781621904380
1621904385
OCLC:
1032290157
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