It’s funny how terms change with our intentions. I’ve always loved reading history books and websites, which was always just ‘reading’ to me, but this activity is now considered ‘research’, though I enjoy it just the same.
I am trying to decide whether the Mexican-American War should be considered a lesser-known conflict for the sake of inclusion in the book. Largely overshadowed by the American Civil War, it was no less important and is a major event in American history. Many Civil War officers and generals earned their stripes (stars?) in Mexico, and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo virtually doubled the size of the country as we annexed the former Mexican territories that now make up all or parts of 10 states including Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona.