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Interview Click here to read an interview with author Chris Dishman in Monterrey Mexico's leading newspaper.
Remains The Mexican government recently found skeletons that they believe are Mexican soldiers in excavations around where Fort Teneria was believed to stand. Click here to read an article about the excavations.
ReviewClick here to read a review of the book written by a Mexican historian in one of Mexico's historical magazines.
ReviewClick here to read a review of the book published in Monterrey's paper "El Norte".

Award Nomination

A Perfect Gibraltar was selected as a finalist for the Army Historical Society's Writers Award. The winner is selected in June.

El Norte - November 6, 2010El Norte article discussing the impact of the Battle of Monterrey.

El Norte - November 5, 2010El Norte article discussing the unique importance of The Battle of Monterrey (including interview with the author).

Book ReviewReview from Newsok.com

InterviewInterview with the author (interview with John Teglar of Capital Converation)

Web ExclusiveA Perfect Gibraltar: The Battle for Monterrey, Mexico, 1846
Christopher D. Dishman, Univ. of Oklahoma, $34.95 (268p) ISBN 978-0806141404

For his first book, Dishman examines the US Army assault on Monterrey in the early stages of the Mexican-American War, providing a detailed, comprehensive account of one of the Army's first forays into urban warfare. Dishman painstakingly recounts, with moment-to-moment precision, the campaign that resulted in the loss of 14% of the American men. Most compelling is the improvisational role Texan soldiers played in changing the way American troops approached such a conflict, ultimately revolutionizing urban fighting. Indeed, the importance of the Texans at Monterrey, in addition to the contributions of future President of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis and his 1st Mississippi, are the most engrossing characters in what can be a plodding read; casual readers may be challenged, as Dishman focuses more on the actions of the battlefield than the people involved. The military historian or aficionado, however, will find much to love. Dishman literally walked the streets of Monterrey to achieve the most complete picture possible and it shows. An Epilogue summing up the steps taken by the commanders makes one wonder if the intended audience is the West Point cadet, eager to learn from his forebears. (Oct.)