For Duty and Honor: Tennessee's Mexican War Experience

TitleFor Duty and Honor: Tennessee's Mexican War Experience
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsJohnson, Timothy D.
Number of Pages302
PublisherThe University of Tennessee Press

This is the first full-length work on Tennessee'sĀ involvement in the Mexican War. Tennessee contributed a huge number of volunteers to the war effort, and Johnson's account not only seeks to describe the military context but also to explore the motivations of Tennessee soldiers. Their notions of duty, a martial mentality and strong sense of masculinity, as well asĀ the aspirations of a new nationalism all combined to create a culture of honor that was the ideological wellspring for the operation. For Tennesseans, as for many Americans, however, the war wasn't without controversy, especially as battle casualties mounted, disease spread, and the incompetence of military leaders - including Tennessee's own Gideon Pillow - became apparent.

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