Shavetails and Bell Sharps

Shavetails and Bell Sharps : History of the U.S.Army Mule

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The last U.S. Army mules were formally mustered out of the service in December 1956, ending 125 years of military reliance on the virtues of this singular animal. Much less glamorous than the cavalryman's horse, the Army pack mule was a good deal more important: from the Mexican War through World War II, mules were an indispensable adjunct to army movement. The author has exhaustively researched the ubiquitous yet nearly invisible army mule. Emmett M. Essin is a professor of history and the director of Developmental Studies at East Tennessee State University.
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  • Hardback | 259 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • Lincoln, United States
  • English
  • 21 photographs
  • 0803218192
  • 9780803218192

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"Trust me. This chronicle of the Army mule is a delightful read."--Washington Times "This book is the seminal work on the American pack mule, which the author asserts was 'the most important four-legged animal' the U.S. Army ever had."--Military History of the West "Logistics are the sinews of the Army, and, for more than a century, mules provided much of that crucial muscle. Essin provides a history that the legendary Army mule deserves."--Journal of the West "Essin has written an enjoyable, valuable work. Any serious student of United States military history can benefit from this volume. The author's appreciation for the contribution of the Army mule, and his careful scholarship, make a unique contribution to military history."--New Mexico Historical Review "clearly written, exhaustively researched and engaging" - Southwestern Historical Quarterly "The US Army pack mule has been a most overlooked and under-appreciated participant in American military activity...a rich and entertaining history . . research has been painstaking" - Western Historical Quarterly
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