Noted researcher/writer Robert Wooster reaches some of those same conclusions in The American Military Frontiers: The United States Army in the West, 1783-1900. His narrative follows American expansion from the Ohio Valley throughout the West. The highly readable account shows the vital role the army played over those years—but it also makes a strong case that the military never really understood the frontier, whether it was the whites or Indians or Hispanics who lived there, or the climate or geography. That lack of empathy led to a lot of mistakes in the field of battle.
In This Issue:
Western Books & Movies
- Overnight Success When Hauling
- Fort Laramie: Military Bastion of the High Plains
- The American Military Frontiers: The United States Army in the West, 1783-1900
- Class and Race in the Frontier Army: Military Life in the West, 1870-1890
- A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn—the Last Great Battle of the American West
- How Hollywood Saved the Durango & Silverton
- Custer Survivor
- The Lincoln County War: A Documentary History
- Yahsi Bati
- Laurie’s Wild West
- On the Set of The Gundown
More In This Issue
- McKinney Meets His Maker
- Cherokee Nation’s Tahlequah, Oklahoma
- What is a Club Room?
- What was the make of revolver used by Clint Eastwood in Pale Rider?
- Do you believe the story that Jesse James met Billy the Kid in 1879?
- What was a typical breakfast in the Old West?
- What can you tell me about Canyon Diablo, Arizona?
- How common was locoweed poisoning in the Old West?
- Jeff Hildebrandt
- Living Like the Boggs
- A Grave Matter for Mattie Earp
- The Russian River’s Redwoods
- The Sharpshooter’s Choice
- The Pony Rides Again, 150 Years Later
- Sacred Ground
- Sawbones, Literally
- Sunday Dinner
- Sons of the Pioneers Spice Up Music Auction
- Surviving Festival of the West
- Horse Romance