Volunteers : the Mexican War journals of Private Richard Coulter and Sergeant Thomas Barclay, Company E, Second Pennsylvania Infantry /
edited by Allan Peskin.
Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, c1991.
342 p. ; 25 cm.
0873384326 (cloth : alk.) :
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Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, c1991.
0873384326 (cloth : alk.) :
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Maps on lining papers.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-06:
Volunteers consists of the journals of Private Richard Coulter, a 19-year-old law student, and Sergeant Thomas Barclay, a 26-year-old lawyer. (The latter became a lieutenant before the end of the war.) Both had volunteered for military service; neither found anything objectionable about fighting the Mexicans. They participated in Winfield Scott's campaign against Mexico City. Their well-written and detailed journal entries provide one of the best accounts of the conflict from the perspective of volunteers in the ranks. Although their coverage of Mexican culture is limited, there are numerous insights into several prominent antebellum and Civil War generals and politicians. Limited biographical material and illustrations, along with adequate maps, a bibliographical essay, and a roster of the authors' company complete the volume. The footnotes, although sparse, appear at the bottom of the page. For anyone interested in the enlisted man's view of the Mexican-American War.-L. L. Hewitt, Southeastern Louisiana University
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