by Joseph G. Dawson III
Lawrence, Ks.: University Press of Kansas, 1999. xiv, 325 pp.
Illus, Maps, notes, biblio., index. $35.00. ISBN:0-7006-0956-3
A very lively look at the 2,230 mile “anabasis” of the 1st Missouri, from its home state into New Mexico, and then on into Chihuahua, and on home again by way of Texas and Gulf, during the Mexican War. Using lots of primary materials, the author does an excellent job of describing both the expedition and military life during the period, with a couple of neat battle pieces thrown in as well.