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Forty miles a day on beans and hay; the enlisted soldier fighting the Indian wars.

Author: Don Rickey; Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State University. Libraries)
Publisher: Norman, University of Oklahoma Press [1963]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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The enlisted men in the United States Army during the Indian Wars (1866-91) need no longer be mere shadows behind their historically well-documented commanding officers. As member of the regular army, these men formed an important segment of our usually slighted national military continuum and, through their labors, combats, and endurance, created the framework of law and order within which settlement and  Read more...
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Rickey, Don.
Forty miles a day on beans and hay.
Norman, University of Oklahoma Press [©1963]
(OCoLC)909090925
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Don Rickey; Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State University. Libraries)
ISBN: 0806111135 9780806111131
OCLC Number: 961777
Description: 382 pages illustrations 24 cm
Contents: Far in the west --
Enlistment in the regular Army --
The recruit depots and introduction to Army life --
Privates, noncoms, and officers --
Companies and regiments --
Routine duty at the western posts --
Material factors of enlisted life at western posts --
Discipline and the frontier desertion problem --
Crime, vice, and punishment --
Recreation, relaxation, and outside interests --
Campaign preparation, equipment, and the hostiles --
Field service in the west --
Combat --
Cowardice, heroism, and the aftermath combat --
Enlistment's end, discharges, and re-enlistment regulars.

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The enlisted men in the United States Army during the Indian Wars (1866-91) need no longer be mere shadows behind their historically well-documented commanding officers. As member of the regular army, these men formed an important segment of our usually slighted national military continuum and, through their labors, combats, and endurance, created the framework of law and order within which settlement and development become possible. We should know more about the common soldier in our military past, and here he is. Whether the soldier is speaking for himself or through the author in his role as commentator-historian, this is the first documented account of the mass personality of the rank and file during the Indian Wars, and is only incidentally a history of those campaigns.

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