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Preparing for War: The Emergence of the Modern U.S. Army, 1815-1917

J.P. Clark
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2017.
Language
English
ISBN
9780674545731, 0674545737
Contents
  • A profession born in war
  • Trials on the frontier and in Mexico
  • The first upheaval
  • The Civil War's legacy
  • Between old and new
  • The second upheaval
  • Old soldiers in a new army
  • The Great War.
Description
xi, 336 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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