By Paul Foos
Drawing on wartime diaries and letters now not formerly tested through students, Foos exhibits that the adventure of squaddies within the struggle differed notably from the optimistic, patriotic photograph trumpeted by means of political and army leaders looking recruits for a volunteer military. Promised entry to land, financial chance, and political equality, the enlistees as an alternative came upon themselves subjected to strangely harsh self-discipline and harrowing conflict stipulations. for that reason, a few infantrymen tailored the rhetoric of happen future to their very own reasons, taking for themselves what have been promised, usually by means of looting the Mexican geographical region or committing racial and sexual atrocities. Others abandoned the military to struggle for the enemy or search employment within the West. those acts, Foos argues, in addition to the government's tacit popularity of them, translated right into a extra violent, destructive number of take place Destiny.
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