William S. Kiser ably fills a historical void by covering the role of the U.S. dragoons in New Mexico, particularly the challenges they faced with the Apaches in the mid-19th century. Dragoons in Apacheland: Conquest and Resistance in Southern New Mexico, 1846-1861 (University of Oklahoma Press, $29.95) shines light on the frontier living conditions
at isolated posts and the complexities and challenges faced by cavalry troops campaigning against the Apaches. Kiser also examines the inherently different and sometimes contradictory policies of the military and civil branches of the federal government as they dealt with Apaches. His review of the Bonneville Campaign against the Apaches in the spring of 1857 is incomparable.
—Edwin R. Sweeney, author of From Cochise to Geronimo: The Chiricahua Apaches 1874-1886