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|I would agree with most all of the suggestions put out so far. I believe Ole hit the proverbial nail on the head:
Western men. Ounce for ounce as good as it gets.
My vote is for the Army of the Tennessee, as commanded by U.S. Grant, from January - August 1863. This army tried to re-route the mighty Mississippi, did some very hard marching through Louisiana and would finally meet armies commanded by General Joseph Johnston and Lt. Gen. John Pemberton, in Mississippi. Once in Mississippi, they would win decisive battles at Port Gibson, Raymond, Jackson, Champion Hill and Big Black River Bridge. This was all accomplished away from his supply line, living of the country. Once in front of Vicksburg, Grant, after several repulses, realized he could not win by direct attack. Settling in for a siege, Grant crippled the troops in Vicksburg, eventually receiving Pemberton's capitulation, and the "keys" to Vicksburg. It is hard to beat this record for a fighting army.