Thornton's Luck

How America Almost Lost the Mexican-American War

Book Description

In April 1846, tensions between the U.S. and Mexico along the disputed border were high. About half of the U.S. Army, then tiny, was camped outside of Matamoros, Mexico, and rumors were flying that the much larger and better outfitted Mexican army was about to undertake efforts to remove the troops from their territory. Captain Seth Brett Thornton led his 2nd mounted dragoons on an expedition to try to confirm those rumors and gain intelligence about the military’s plans. He rode his command—which included about thirty percent of the Army’s mounted troops—straight into an ambush and lost his entire command. His ill luck both exposed the position of the Mexican army and escalated the events that would become known as the Mexican-American War.

About Wood, Lamont

Lamont Wood has written about the Trans-Nueces War for Armchair General Magazine, and has written eight books under his own name and has ghost-written several others. He has also written hundreds of articles for scores of magazines, including Scientific American, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, InformationWeek, Computerworld, Network World, Datamation, LiveScience.com, the old Byte and Omni, and magazines in Canada, England, Holland, Belgium, Germany, and Hong Kong. History magazines he has written for include World at War, Strategy & Tactics, Armchair General, and True West.