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    DescriptionIn December 1846, John Jacob Oswandel--or Jake as he was often called--enlisted in the Monroe Guards, which later became Company C of the First Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment. Thus began a twenty-month journey that led Oswandel from rural Pennsylvania through the American South, onward to the siege of Veracruz, and finally deep into the heart of Mexico. Waging war with Mexico ultimately realized President James K. Polk's long-term goal of westward expansion all the way to the Pacific Ocean. For General Winfield Scott, the victorious Mexico City campaign would prove his crowning achievement in a fifty-three-year military career, but for Oswandel the "grand adventure of our lives" was about patriotism and honor in a war that turned this twenty-something bowsman into a soldier."Notes of the Mexican War, 1846-1848," is the quintessential primary source on the Mexican War. From Oswandel's time of enlistment in Pennsylvania to his discharge in July of 1848, he kept a daily record of events, often with the perception and intuition worthy of a highly ranked officer. In addition to Oswandel's engaging narrative, Timothy D. Johnson and Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes, Jr. provide an introduction that places Oswandel's memoir within present-day scholarship. They illuminate the mindset of Oswandel and his comrades, who viewed the war with Mexico in terms of Manifest Destiny and they give insight into Oswandel's historically common belief in Anglo-Saxon superiority--views that would bring about far worse consequences at the outbreak of the American Civil War a dozen years later.As historians continue to highlight the controversial actions of the Polk administration and the expansionist impulse that led to the conflict, Notes of the Mexican War, 1846-1848, opens a window into the past when typical young men rallied to a cause they believed was just and ordained. Oswandel provides an eyewitness account of an important chapter in America's history.

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    Notes of the Mexican War, 1846-1848
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) J Jacob Oswandel, Edited by Timothy D Johnson, Edited by Jr Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes
    Physical properties
    Format: Microfilm
    Number of pages: 378
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 726 g
    ISBN 13: 9781572337039
    ISBN 10: 1572337036

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: JW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2A
    BIC subject category V2: BGHA, BM
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ERLY18
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    Ingram Theme: CULT/MEXICN
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS025000, HIS036040, HIS027120, HIS027130, BIO026000, BIO008000, HIS027110
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    DC22: 973.62092
    Thema V1.0: JW, DNC, DNBH1
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    University of Tennessee Press
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    University of Tennessee Press
    Publication date
    27 May 2010
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    TIMOTHY D. JOHNSON is a professor of history at Lipscomb University. He is coeditor, with Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes, Jr., of "A Fighter from Way Back: The Mexican War Diary of Lt. Daniel Harvey Hill, "and "author of Winfield Scott: The Quest for Military Glory and A Gallant Little Army: The Mexico City Campaign." NATHANIEL CHEAIRS HUGHES, JR. is an independent scholar and the author of over twenty books on American military history, largely pertaining to the American Civil War. His most recent titles are "Brigadier General Tyree H. Bell: Forrest's Fighting Lieutenant "and" Yale's Confederates: A Biographical Dictionary."