Coffman, Edward M. The Old Army: A Portrait of the American Army in Peacetime, 1784-1898. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986.
This is a comprehensive study of the US Army in the 19th century. The work examines the lives of, and relations between, officers and enlisted men.
Recommended as basic reading in US Military History.
Irving, Washington . A Tour of the Prairies. [First published in the 1830s but reprint editions are available.]
A colorful account of Irving’s travels with the short-lived U.S. Mounted Rangers. The
writer’s eye for detail will please readers interested in the material culture of the frontier.
Prucha, Francis Paul. The Sword of the Republic: The United States Army on the Frontier, 1783-1846. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1969.
Prucha chronicles the development of the U.S. Army as a frontier institution. Chapters are devoted to America’s early Indian Wars, the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, Indian Removal, and the Seminole Wars as well as the army’s role
the exploration of the West. An excellent overview of the regular army prior the to Mexican War.
Skelton, William B. . An American Profession of Arms: The Army Officer Corps, 1784-1861. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1992.
Skelton analyzes the professionalization of the regular officer corps. Topics included the development of the scientific branches of the service, the emergence of careerism, and the officer-enlisted relationship.
Urwin, Gregory J.W. The United States Infantry: an illustrated history 1775-1918.
Blanford Press, 1988.
Copiously illustrated and well written. Excellent sections on the Regular Army.
War of 1812
Berton, Pierre . The Invasion of Canada 1812-1813. Penguin Books of Canada, 1980.
Written from a Canadian viewpoint, the book is fast moving prose which also does not hesitate to bring out the foibles and successes of both sides It is always interesting to read how are interpreted by the other side.
Berton, Pierre . Flames Across The Border. Penguin Books of Canada, 1988.
The well written sequel to the first book, The Invasion of Canada.
Chartrand, Rene. Uniforms and Equipment of the United States Forces in the War of 1812. Ft. Niagara Association, 1992.
This is the definitive work on what the title suggests Currently out of
Etling, Col. John R. U.S.A. (ret.). Amateurs To Arms! a military history of the War of 1812. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1991.
Col. Elting minces no words on the conduct of what one could call "our most unmilitary war". Written from the American viewpoint, it is fast paced and will
get your blood boiling over our early military incompetencies, yet the perseverance and dedication ofthese "amateurs" comes through in what was very close to a "near run thing".
Lord, Walter . The Dawns Early Light.John Hopkins University Press, 1972.
In his unique style Lord recounts the Battle of Baltimore and the siege of Ft. McHenry.
Pickles, Tim . New Orleans 1815 Andrew Jackson crushes the British. Osprey Military Campaign Series # 28, 1995.
Written from a pro-British viewpoint, Tim is a British subject, this book is well written and copiously illustrated. Many of our members know Tim not only as a good friend and classy gentleman, but as the commander of the British forces at New Orleans
and Mississinewa. Another must read.
Reilly, Robin . The British at the Gates.
G. P. Putnam, 1974.
Though out of print this is another excellent book on the Battle of New Orleans. Ties in what was happening in Europe as well as the American backwater.
Laumer, Frank . Massacre. University Press of Florida, 1968.
This is the minute by minute account of the "Dade Massacre", actually a battle, which took place on December 28, 1835. Laumer paints whites and Indians with
even strokes, creating a non-judgmental picture of the motivations of both sides. A great read, despite some technical difficulties. Difficult to put down.
Laumer, Frank . Dade's Last Command.University Press of Florida, 1995.
This is the updated version of an earlier work entitled Massacre. It recounts the defeat of U.S. Regular forces by Seminole Indians in December of 1835. Frank
Laumer can be credited almost single handedly with saving this action from obscurity. The book corrects some of the technical mistakes made in the earlier work, and uncovers new information.However it can sometimes tend to be politically correct
Motte, J. R.. Journey Into Wilderness. Ferry Publishing Company, 1963.
Edited by James F. Sunderman. Motte was a Regular army Surgeon in the Creek and Seminole Wars during the mid 1830's. In chapter 4 a Creek to English
dictionary is included. Good reading.
Ballentine, George. An Autobiography of an English Soldier in the United States Army. Lakeside Press, 1986. Edited by Wm. H. Goetzman.
Ballentine was a soldier in the American Army during the War with Mexico. Like many in the Army, he was foreign born. His references to Army life are witty and unabashedly truthful.
Bauer, K. Jack. The Mexican War 1846-1848. MacMillan, 1974. Still one of the better treaties of the conflict. Good reading, well illustrated.
Butler, Steven R. Historic Sites of the Mexican War in the United States Part One: Texas. Descendants of Mexican War Veterans, 1997.
Almost single-handedly Mr. Butler has tried to keep the memory of the forgotten doughboys of 1846-48 alive. This book takes the reader to various sites and what is left of them within the State of Texas. An excellent travel companion. A picture of some of our members within the ruins of Ft. Brown graces the cover.
Chamberlain, Sam. My Confession the recollections of a rogue. University of Nebraska Press, 1984.
A trooper with the Dragoons this fast paced book reads more like a movie script than the recollections of someone who was there, and in many cases was not. No reading list is complete without it.
Eisenhower, John S. D. Agent of Destiny the life and times of General Winfield Scott. The Free Press, a division of Simon and Schuster.
This is an easy read of one of the most important figures in American Military History. Not as in depth perhaps as one would like, it is still an objective fast paced book and much easier to read than Scott's autobiography.
Eisenhower, John S. D. So Far From God the U.S. war with Mexico 1846-48.
Random House, 1989.
An easy to read and well written account of the war. Those who enjoy this style willalso enjoy Eisenhower's recent work on Gen. Scott.
McCaffrey, James Army of Manifest Destiny: The American Soldier in the Mexican War,1846-1848 New York University Press, 1992.
Uses soldiers accounts to describe army life during the Mexican War. Narrative also describes the various campaigns Army of Manifest Destiny: The American Soldier in the Mexican War,1846-1848 New York University Press, 1992. Uses soldiers accounts to describe army life during the Mexican War. Narrative also describes the various campaigns.
McWhiney, Grady and Perry D. Jamesieson. Attack and Die: Civil War Military Tactics and the Southern Military Heritage.
The first portion of this work deals with the evolution of tactics as applied to the Mexican War. This is book is required reading for many courses in military history.
Smith, George Winston, and Charles Judad. Chronicles of the Gringos: The U.S. Army in the Mexican War. University of New Mexico, 1968.
Although out of print, this book is well worth a trip to the local library to find a copy. The editors complied accounts of the war from many hard to find sources. A "must read" for students of the Mexican War.
Winders, Richard B. Mr. Polk’s Army: The American Military Experience in the Mexican War. Texas A & M University Press, 1997.
A comprehensive study of army organization as well as an examination of the regular and volunteers corps that comprised the American military. Includes chapters on weapons & uniforms, medicine, camp life, and attitudes towards Mexico and Mexicans.
Zeh, Frederick. An Immigrant Soldier in the Mexican War. Texas A & M Press, 1995.
Zeh joined the United States Army in 1846 and was assigned to the Howitzer and Rocket Battery. His unit served in central Mexico under General Scott. An excellent
account by a regular enlisted man.
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