Typically, biographies related to the Army in Trans-Mississippi West feature officers. Soldiers in the Southwest Borderlands 1848-1886 (University of Oklahoma Press $29.95), compiled and edited by Janne Lahti, offers a notable exception. This anthology features ten enlisted men of varied backgrounds and ethnicities representative of the diversity found among the rank and file before, during and after the American Civil War. Notably, the author of each essay ranks among the best scholars in the field.
—John Langellier, author of Fighting for Uncle Sam: Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army.