The Training Ground by Martin Dugard
Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846-1848

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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.
The Mexican War has faded from our national memory, but it was a struggle of enormous significance: the first U.S. war waged on foreign soil; and 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.
 

About Martin Dugard

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MARTIN DUGARD has been a leading authority and writer on running and endurance sports for more than 20 years. His work has appeared extensively in Runner's World, Outside, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and GQ. His books include the New York Times bestsellers The Last Voyage of Columbus and Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone. This is his seventh book.
 
Published June 16, 2008 by Little, Brown and Company. 464 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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General Zachary Taylor commanded the American army marching on Texas, and with him quartermaster Grant, whose letters to his sweetheart Julia Dent back in St. Louis, along with extracts from his later memoirs, help frame the subsequent incursions into Mexico, from Fort Texas and Monterrey to Vera...

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Dugard (The Last Voyage of Columbus ) offers a fast-paced, colloquially written account of the Mexican War of 1848, constructed around the experiences of the U.S. Army’s corps of junior officers.

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Pickett “led one of the most famous cavalry charges in the history of modern warfare.” As popular history, The Training Ground is a well-written work.

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