By Richard Bruce Winders

Armed with percussion rifles whilst such a lot different US infantrymen nonetheless carried flintlock muskets, the “Mississippi Rifles” served within the battle opposed to Mexico that the annexation of Texas in 1845. In Panting for Glory: The Mississippi Rifles within the Mexican War, Richard Bruce Winders skillfully uncovers the contrasting wartime studies of 2 regiments, the first and second Mississippi Rifles.

the first Mississippi Rifles have been lauded for his or her carrier and stay a well-recognized a part of the heritage of the Mexican conflict. less than the management of Col. Jefferson Davis—later the President of the accomplice States of America—the 1st loved major victories on the conflict of Buena Vista and the conflict of Monterey. The 2d Mississippi Rifles, in contrast, observed little motion and again domestic neglected and mostly forgotten.

Panting for Glory compares those regiments to teach that the contours of heritage have been occasionally arbitrary and that army historians, of their research of failure, may still have in mind a variety of elements that impression results, no longer basically files of wins and losses. As Winders concludes, “the 1st and 2d Mississippi Rifles . . . provide the fitting chance to envision facets of warfare: glory won and glory denied.”

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