The Old Guard in 1898 is the first detailed insight into one of the Army's most famous regiments: the Third United States Infantry Regiment, also known as "The Old Guard" and "The President's Own." Up to the year 1898, the Army had been an instrument of government policy limited to operations only within the North American continent. It had performed its mission well and had also made the conversion into a domestic peacekeeping force. With the outbreak of the War with Spain, however, the Army was asked to perform its primary function on the international political stage during a time of rapid, widespread news coverage. Historian Richard M. Lytle supplements his own narrative of the events with extensive newspaper accounts from the era, illustrating the public opinion and reaction to the war. In addition to the Old Guard's participation in the War with Spain in 1898, Lytle relates everything else pertaining to this regiment: its founding, its role in the War of 1812, its controversial name change in 1815, its performance in the Civil War, and its duties today as the honor guard for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, a caisson platoon, the continental honor guard, and a crackerjack Army drill team. Historic photographs of the Third Infantry Regiment are also included, bringing a face to the men who served in this famous unit, making this a necessity for military history enthusiasts.
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 345 g
Dimensions: 220 x 141 x 16 mm
Lytle adeptly weaves the article excerpts into an interesting narrative that is a springboard for anyone interested in the 3rd Infantry or the Spanish-American war. * The Journal of the Australian Society of Archivists *
Lytle, a history librarian, focuses on the era of the Spanish American war but includes telling contexts about the regiment's founding, its significant roles in the War of 1812 and in the Civil War, and its duties today at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. He also discusses its honor guard and caisson platoon, and its amazing drill team. * Reference and Research Book News, August 2007 *