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American Courage, American Carnage: 7th Infantry Chronicles: The 7th Infantry Regiment's Combat Experience, 1812 Through World War II [Kindle Edition]

John C. McManus
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Only one U.S. Army regiment, the 7th Infantry, has served in every war from 1812 through the present day. In The 7th Infantry Regiment: Combat in an Age of Terror, heralded military historian John C. McManus told the dramatic story of the 7th Infantry Regiment's modern combat experiences, from Korea through Iraq. Now, in this compelling prequel, McManus relates the rest of the 7th's amazing, and previously untold, story from the Battle of New Orleans through the end of World War II. No American unit has earned more battle streamers and few can boast more Medal of Honor winners.
In the months leading up to the War of 1812, Congress authorized the creation of this regiment. It fought with distinction at the Battle of New Orleans, anchoring General Andrew Jackson's main defensive line, forever earning the nickname "Cottonbalers" because the soldiers of the 7th were said to have battled the British from behind large rows of cotton bales. From now on, whenever Americans went to war, the Cottonbalers would always find themselves in the center of the action, where the danger was greatest.
Between these covers is the whole story, told through the eyes of the soldiers--the realities of combat expressed in raw human terms. From the marshy grounds of the Chalmette plantation in New Orleans to the daunting heights of Chapultepec in Mexico City; from the bloody horror of the long, stone wall at Fredericksburg to the deadly crossfire of the Wheatfield at Gettysburg, from the shocking gore of Custer's massacre at Little Bighorn to the desperation of dusty frontier battles; from the foggy hills of Santiago in Cuba to the muddy, pockmarked no man's land of Belleau Wood in France; from the invasion of North Africa to Sicily, Anzio, southern France, the Vosges Mountains, the breaching of the Rhine, and the 7th's triumphant capture of Hitler's mountain home at Berchtesgaden in May, 1945, this remarkable book chronicles multiple generations of Cottonbalers who have fought and bled for their country.
American Courage, American Carnage is an inside look at the drama, tragedy, fatigue and pathos of war, from America's early nineteenth century struggles as a fledgling republic to its emergence as a superpower in the twentieth. Based on nearly a decade of archival research, battlefield visits, interviews, and intensive study, and illustrated with copious maps and photographs, this book is a moving, authoritative, tale of Americans in combat.

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The second volume, after The 7th Infantry Regiment: Combat in the Age of Terror (2008), of McManus’ fine history of one of the U.S Army’s most fabled regiments covers the first part of its distinguished history. Organized in 1811, the seventh gained its sobriquet, the Cotton Bailers, at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. During the nineteenth century, although it distinguished itself at Gettysburg, it mostly served garrison duty and in the Indian Wars. Its World War I experience justifies carnage in the title of this book, and then came World War II. In that conflict, the regiment’s path wound from North Africa to Hitler’s hideaway at Berchtesgaden by way of Sicily, Italy, and southern France. McManus has researched exhaustively but does not make the book exhausting, and he shows a fine hand in descriptions of infantry combat extending over more than a century and a quarter. Far better than average military history, this is for most American libraries. --Roland Green


"[McManus] vividly portrays the brutality of the conflict."
--The Washington Post on The Americans at D-Day

"Required reading on a bitter battle that won't be--and never should be--forgotten."
--W.E.B. Griffin on The Americans at D-Day

"Awesome! A definitive account of a turning point in American and world history."
--Thomas Fleming on The Americans at D-Day

Product Details

  • File Size: 2117 KB
  • Print Length: 593 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B004JU1TZW
  • Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002MV2YZY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910,801 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I read a lot of history books, probably about 75% having a military history bent to them. I'm not an expert, but I do enjoy the process of learning and trying to imagine what the past was like. I read all of John's stuff, I think he consistently does a wonderful job of giving you pointed insight into the campaign or battle in question. This is often accomplished through learning in detail about things on a more individual level with the common foot soldier.

I think the bonus with this book is the ability to learn and get your arms around our country's history told through the experiences of a particular unit. Probably like a lot of americans, it feels like most of my clarity of understanding skips from the American Revolution all the way to the Civil War...and I enjoy filling in the gap.

I'm still reading it currently, and can't wait to get back to the book each time I start up again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars American Courage,American Carnage: 7th Infantry March 22, 2012
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Absolutely a must read for every military history buff. As a veteran of Viet Nam service with this regiment, I proud to have served in such a distinguished unit. John C. McManus deserves high praise for his fine research and superb writing skills. I also recommend his first book "The 7th Infantry...Combat in an Age of Terror" (Korea through the present)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gerat Unit great History July 3, 2014
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Great story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Infantry courage October 7, 2013
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The author has done an outstanding job weaving the history of a great many brave American Soldiers. The way the author takes the reader into each persons story is the great. I read the second book first which is also very well done.
One story about the WWI which has ring to today was the use of mustard gas against the American force in Europe and the destruction of the individual soldier, very chilling very little defense at that time in 1917,
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this book is a sequel to "the 7th infantry regiment" but could stand alone as a very good "narrative" of the battles that were participated in by the 7th or "cottonbalers"
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