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The Antebellum Army


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For Section II, The Antebellum Army

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Abert, Lt. James William. Expedition to the Southwest: An 1845 Reconnaissance of Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma [1846]. Ed. H. Bailey Carroll. Canyon, Tex.: Panhandle-Plains Historical Society, 1941. Intro. John Miller Morris. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 1999.

Bauer, K. Jack. The Mexican War, 1846–1848. New York: Macmillan, 1974

Christensen, Carol, and Thomas Christenson. The U.S.-Mexican War. San Francisco: Bay Books, 1998

Dilts, James D. The Great Road: The Building of the Baltimore & Ohio, the Nation's First Railroad, 1828–1853. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1993.

Eisenhower, John S. D. So Far from God: The U.S. War with Mexico, 1846–1848. New York: Random House, 1989.

Goetzmann, William H. Army Exploration in the American West, 1803–1863. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1959.

Hanson, James A. Little Chief’s Gatherings: The Smithsonian Institution’s G. K. Warren 1855–1856 Plains Indian collection and The New York State Library’s 1855–1857 Warren Expedition Journals. Crawford, Neb.: Fur Press, 1996.

Johannsen, Robert W. To the Halls of the Montezumas: The Mexican War in the American Imagination. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985.

McCaffrey, James M. Army of Manifest Destiny: The American Soldier in the Mexican War, 1846–1848. New York and London: New York University Press, 1992.

Mahon, George K. History of the Second Seminole War, 1835–1842. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1967.

Mayr, Otto, and Robert C. Post, eds. Yankee Enterprise: The Rise of the American System of Manufactures. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1981.

Moten, Matthew. The Delafield Commission and the American Military Profession. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2000.

Morrison, James L. “The Best School in the World”: West Point, the Pre-Civil War Years, 1833–1866. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1986.

Reynolds, Richard Derby, ed. Squibob: An Early California Humorist. San Francisco: Squibob Press, 1990.

Sandweiss, Marta A., Rick Stewart, and Ben W. Huseman. Eyewitness to War: Prints and Daguerreotypes of the Mexican War, 1846–1848. Fort Worth, Tex.: Amon Carter Museum; Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989.

Schubert, Frank N., ed. The Nation Builders: A Sesquicentennial History of the Corps of Topographical Engineers, 1838–1863. Fort Belvoir, Va.: Office of History, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1988.

Shallat, Todd. Structures in the Stream: Water, Science, and the Rise of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1884.

Sherwood, Morgan B. Exploration of Alaska, 1865–1900. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1965.

Viola, Herman J. Exploring the West. Washington: Smithsonian Books, 1987.

Warren, Lt. G. K. Preliminary Report of Explorations in Nebraska and Dakota, in the Years 1855-’56-’57 [1858]. Reprinted as Explorer on the Northern Plains, with an introduction by Frank N. Schubert. Engineer Historical Studies 2. Washington: Office of the Chief of Engineers, 1981.

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