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After reading the OR's I noticed the fight between Pillow and Polk... Which I took as Gen. Pillows bitterness about not being promoted or at least not retaining command of the Columbus area of the line... Is there any books about this topic???

 

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Eric

In my research, I have determined that Gideon J. Pillow had form as a shameless self-promoter and glory-thief, dating back to his service in the War with Mexico. As to his service with Major General Polk during the War of the Rebellion, a good place to start is Leonidas Polk, Bishop and General, by William M. Polk, New York: Longman, Green & Company (1915)  http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.$b69488;view=1up;seq=5  (HathiTrust edition, volume two.)  In particular, pages 9-10 are informative, IRT Pillow taking possession of New Madrid in July 1861 (and MGen Polk's assessment of that operation). Pages 12-13 detail Pillow's 'conflict' with William J. Hardee, leading to termination of a planned mission into Missouri. Page 36, and pages 39-40 detail Polk's relationship with Albert Sidney Johnston; and provides Polk's assessment of the actions he took during battle of Belmont (and why it was necessary to take the actions he did.) This can be compared to the OR for 'discrepancies.'

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Ozzy

 

References:  http://www.civilwar.org/education/history/biographies/gideon-pillow.html?referrer=https://www.google.com.au/   (from Civil War Trust)

OR Vol.3, pages 304-317.   (reports of Polk and Pillow IRT Belmont; and Pillow's attempted resignation)

http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=yale.39002001964478;view=1up;seq=9   (The War with Mexico by Justin H. Smith, at HathiTrust)

Life and Wars of Gideon Pillow, By Hughes and Stonesifer, Uni NC Press (1993)  [Page 110 details theft of two cannon in Mexico, accidentally...]

http://www.blueandgrayeducation.org/2012/01/the-life-and-wars-of-gideon-j-pillow/   (review of Life and Wars of Gideon Pillow)

 

 

 

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The Aztec Club

Although it is widely known that the Mexican War of 1846 provided experience for many of the men who would become senior commanders, on both sides, during the Civil War, this is one facet of that Mexican expedition that most have never heard of: the Aztec Club. Formed in October 1847 in U.S-occupied Mexico City at the end of hostilities, the Club was a fraternal and social organization, with membership restricted to 'gentlemen of the U.S. Army' (who were primarily West Point graduates, but included some volunteer officers.) It had its headquarters in the former palatial home of Senor Jose Maria Bocanegra (Mexico's Minister to the United States); the three-story mansion provided a welcome sanctuary from the day-to-day requirements of garrison duty. Of the 160 original members, those with ties to Fort Donelson or Shiloh include: U.S. Grant, C.F. Smith (one of the drivers behind the project), PGT Beauregard, William J. Hardee, Adley Gladden and Jones Withers.

One of the glaring omissions from the roll, of those otherwise eligible to be members: Gideon Pillow.

Ozzy

 

N.B.  The Aztec Club continues to this day...

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Above... the Bocanegra residence (red-orange building, far left of image) as it appeared in September 1847

And below... the Bocanegra residence, as it appears today.

[Unfortunately, the Aztec Club will not let me copy their images... http://www.aztecclub.com/rendez5.htm   (Click this link, and scroll down.)]

 

 

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Or Pillow could have had a premonition, that resulted in him channeling the wisdom of Groucho Marx:  'I refuse to belong to any club, that would accept someone like me as a member.'

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