Panting For Glory
The Mississippi Rifles in the Mexican War
Mexican War - Southern History - Military History - Civil War
6 x 9, 224 pp.
4 maps. Bib. Index.
Pub Date: 05/13/2016
Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series
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Panting For Glory

The Mississippi Rifles in the Mexican War

Richard Bruce Winders

Armed with percussion rifles when most other US soldiers still carried flintlock muskets, the “Mississippi Rifles” served in the war against Mexico that followed the annexation of Texas in 1845. In Panting for Glory: The Mississippi Rifles in the Mexican War, Richard Bruce Winders skillfully uncovers the contrasting wartime experiences of two regiments, the 1st and 2nd Mississippi Rifles.

The 1st Mississippi Rifles were lauded for their service and remain a familiar part of the history of the Mexican War. Under the leadership of Col. Jefferson Davis—later the President of the Confederate States of America—the 1st enjoyed significant victories at the Battle of Buena Vista and the Battle of Monterey. The 2nd Mississippi Rifles, by contrast, saw little action and returned home overlooked and largely forgotten.

Panting for Glory compares these regiments to show that the contours of history were sometimes arbitrary and that military historians, in their analysis of failure, should take into account a wide range of factors that influence outcomes, not merely records of wins and losses. As Winders concludes, “the 1st and 2nd Mississippi Rifles . . . offer the perfect opportunity to examine two sides of war: glory gained and glory denied.”

RICHARD BRUCE WINDERS is the historian and curator of the Alamo. He is the author of numerous books, including Mr. Polk’s Army: The American Military Experience in the Mexican War and Sacrificed at the Alamo: Tragedy and Triumph in the Texas Revolution.


What Readers Are Saying:

“Bruce Winders’s Panting for Glory: The Mississippi Rifles in the Mexican War sheds new light on the role of the Mississippi volunteers in the Mexican War….a smooth-running narrative from beginning to end…”—Christopher D. Dishman, author of A Perfect Gibraltar: The Battle for Monterrey, Mexico, 1846

“… admirably details the life of both units from their inception in mid and late 1846 until each was mustered out of the service in 1847 and 1848…” — Timothy D. Johnson, author of A Gallant Little Army: The Mexico City Campaign

“It captures the excitement of the battle and contrasts that with the boredom of guard duty… This work effectively shows how the service of these two unites exemplifies the way opportunity and chance affects what kind of war a soldier experiences.”—Military Heritage


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