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A Gallant Little Army: The Mexico City Campaign (Modern War Studies)

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In 1847 General Winfield Scott boldly led a small but undaunted army from the Mexican coast all the way to the Halls of Montezuma, routing Mexican forces at every turn while pacifying the countryside. Scott's military campaign--America's first ever in a foreign country--helped pave the way for victory in the wider war against Mexico and also posed new challenges for discip ...more
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published September 14th 2007 by University Press of Kansas (first published September 12th 2007)
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Mar 08, 2013 Jerome rated it really liked it
An excellent, analytical study of Scott’s campaign for Mexico City. Johnson’s book is well written and dramatic. He gives us vivid portraits of Winfield Scott and his officers (such as Lee and Grant), making good use of primary source material. Johnson provides a good, balanced portrait of Scott, and does a good job showing how Scott dealt with matters ranging from logistics to planning to how to deal with the local population. Johnson’s analysis is pretty thorough.

Johnson shows how Scott dealt
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Jun 13, 2016 Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it
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A less than inclusive history of the forces under General Winfield Scott during the Mexican-American War. US Marines who played a significant role at the Battle of Chapultepec and the Texas forces [rangers] who protected Scott's supply lines and served as counter-guerrilla forces are totally ignored even though they were part of Scott's army.
Ian Fleischmann
Sep 23, 2014 Ian Fleischmann rated it liked it
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As an introduction and generic history of the Vera Cruz Campaign of the Mexican-American War, Gallant Little Army more than suffices. Johnson covers the strategic motivations of Polk and the US as well as the progress of political negotiations throughout and concluding the campaign. He does not really address Taylor's expedition except where Scott draws troops from Taylor's forces. The battle descriptions are more than detailed enough for tactical analysis, but his operational analysis seems to ...more
Glenn Robinson
Feb 02, 2014 Glenn Robinson rated it liked it
Well written account of the Southern portion of the Mexican American War from Veracruz to Mexico City, led by General Winfred Scott. Many of the future military leaders of both the Confederacy and the Union participated in various roles during this war. Santa Anna clearly was not much of a leader. While the military was conducting the campaign, President Polk and his diplomats were working to develop treaty negotiations, but were being deceived by Santa Anna and his crew, so General Scott procee ...more
Aug 15, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing
An excellent study of Winfield Scott's Mexico City campaign. Johnson provides brilliant assessments of the tactical, operational, strategic, and political aspects of the campaign. His analysis of Scott's strategy of moderation is particularly insightful. I only wish the publisher had allowed a full page for each map instead of half a page, but that's a minor quibble. I may assign his to military history class to show the connections between goals and means.
Rob Humphrey
I thought this book was great. Having done very little study on this campaign previously, I found that this book was excellent at describing the tactical, operational, and strategic aspects of the drive to Mexico City. My only complaints are that the book needs more (and more detailed) maps and sketches.
Jul 01, 2012 Craig rated it really liked it
A very coherently written account of Scott's invasion of Mexico. Covers the details well, is not boring, describes both the action and the strategy and does not rely too heavily on the written accounts of the participants. Just a well done historical book.
May 05, 2012 Nicholas rated it it was amazing
Thank you Gen. Scott, if not for your actions during the Mexican-American War, Utah would have been in Mexico!
Ryan McCallum
Apr 04, 2013 Ryan McCallum rated it really liked it
Very good depth here. A must read in conjunction with "No. IV. GENERAL SCOTT'S PLAN OF OPERATIONS" and the Official reports of the battles ( as taken from )
Dec 03, 2009 Mark rated it liked it
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Well done. I knew little of this campaign. Throws light on the Civil War, e.g. Cerro Gordo vs Chancellorsville, etc.
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Jan 08, 2016 Matthew Ericson rated it really liked it
An excellent book. A must read for any student of the Mexican War.
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