Books About The Antebellum Army?


2nd Lieutenant
Apr 30, 2012
Jupiter, FL
What are some good books about the US Army during the 1815-1860 period? Not specific to the Seminole Wars or Mexican Wars, but more of a general overview.

In particular, I'm trying to help a friend find a good book about the enlisted man's experience during this era.


Jun 27, 2017
Southeast Missouri
The Regular Army Before the Civil War by Clayton Newell. It covers the years 1845 to 1861. It can be viewed as a PDF. Five Years a Dragoon by Percival G. Lowe. There is also a book called My Confession: the Recollections of a Rogue by Samuel E. Chamberlain. It can be found under another title. US Dragoon 1846 to 1848. The cheaper of the two is US Dragoon. It is not a novel. Chamberlain later served as Colonel of the 1st Mass. Cavalry, later Colonel of the 5th Mass Colored Cavalry, he ended as a Brevet Brig. General of US Volunteers. Look him up.

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