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On the Prairie of Palo Alto: Historical Archaeology of the U.S.-Mexican War Battlefield

Haecker, Charles M.;Mauck, Jeffrey G.

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ISBN 10: 089096758X / ISBN 13: 9780890967584
Editorial: Texas A & M University Press, 1997
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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First Edition. A fine copy in a fine dustjacket. Hardcover; large octavo; blackcloth with gilt titles; 227 pp.; illustrated in b/w; a clean and crisp copy; still in publisher's original shrinkwrap. N° de ref. de la librería 006975

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Título: On the Prairie of Palo Alto: Historical ...

Editorial: Texas A & M University Press

Año de publicación: 1997

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine

Edición: 1st Edition

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The Battle of Palo Alto marked several firsts in American history: a new generation of professional soldiers--Ulysses S. Grant, George G. Meade, and James Longstreet--provided a wealth of expert knowledge to their senior officers; the military demonstrated the superior qualities of their newly introduced "flying" artillery, one that would see fruition during the far greater epoch of the Civil War; and graduates of the U.S. Military Academy experienced their first major test.

The battle was essentially an artillery duel that pitted highly effective U.S. cannon against Mexican cannon of antiquated design. The Americans rapidly deployed at will two field batteries, each consisting of six- and twelve-pounder guns and howitzers. Two eighteen-pounder siege guns, periodically hauled forward by teams of oxen, contributed to the decimation of the Mexican infantry. In contrast, Mexican four- and eight-pounder guns lacked the maneuverability and range needed to check their aggressive adversary.

Although the Mexicans attempted flanking and frontal attacks on the U.S. lines, they were repulsed with heavy losses. Unable to maneuver, and confused and bloodied after standing all day under artillery fire, the Mexicans withdrew.

In On the Prairie of Palo Alto, Charles M. Haecker and Jeffrey G. Mauck use an interdisciplinary approach, combining research of a historian with that of a historical archaeologist, to present an accurate version of how the battle developed and concluded.

By reviewing historical accounts of the battle, comparing and contrasting both Mexican and U.S. documents pertaining to the battle, analyzing contemporary battlefield maps, and examining relevant areas of the battlefield site itself, the authors have determined that several significant differences between the American and Mexican versions of battle events and that the American version more closely approximates the truth.

Military historians and U.S.–Mexican War enthusiasts will find this analysis of the actual conduct of the battle interesting and insightful.

About the Author:

CHARLES HAECKER is the staff archaeologist for the National Park Service Intermountain Region-Heritage Partnerships Program, and is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He develops partnerships with federal and state agencies, Native American tribes, communities and private citizens, toward protecting those places holding national significance in our nation’s history. As an associate of the NPS-American Battlefield Protection Program, Charles works with other archaeologists in the investigation of historic battlefields, forts and military encampments.

JEFFREY G. MAUCK is a senior lecturer in public history and U.S. history at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

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