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Forty Miles a Day on Beans and Hay: The Enlisted Soldier Fighting the Indian Wars

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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 o
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Paperback, 394 pages
Published December 15th 1973 by University of Oklahoma Press
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Michael K.
Between the end of the Civil War and the War with Spain that effectively opened the 20th century, the Regular Army -- the “Old Army” -- had as its primary business the suppression of the Indians on the Great Plains and in the western mountains and deserts. There was no conscription and all the rank and file were volunteers -- but that didn’t mean the Army was getting the cream of the American crop of young men. Enlisting was seen by the majority of civilians (most of whom had never met a Regular ...more
Fredrick Danysh
This historical work records life on the Western frontier in the cavalry. It depicts the harsh and brutal life that troopers endured and records some of the Indian fighting.
Mark Langhenry
A fair representation of the experiences of enlisted men during the Indian Wars. Based on first person accounts using interviews, letters and diaries the tedium of military service in the west of the late 1800's comes across well. The negatives of the treatment of the Native American population is included but probably not as strong as in subsequent histories such as "Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee." Overall what comes across is that the military experience of the enlisted soldier hasn't changed ...more
Josh
This was a really good read. It gave you a glimpse of what life was like on the western frontier post Civil War era. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical works of the mid to late 19th century.
Craig
Nothing earth-shaking in this book, just a solid account of what life was actually like for a soldier in the west.
Clay Davis
A great work on the life of soldiers on the American frontier.
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