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Army regulars on the western frontier, 1848-1861 /
Durwood Ball.
imprint
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2001.
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xxxi, 287 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0806133120 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2001.
isbn
0806133120 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
4577150
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2002-02-01:
In this excellent interpretation of the US Army's diverse roles, Ball (history, Univ. of New Mexico) reminds us that the military establishment represented the federal government's most important agency in its far-flung frontier areas. Following an introductory section that demonstrates the harsh restrictions the army faced in the performance of its duties and in its difficult Indian combats, the author turns to detailed discussions of constabulary duties in the crucial period between the Mexican and Civil Wars. A meticulous search of archival and government sources helps document military intervention against filibusters interested in attacking Mexico and Central America from US soil, protection of Texas's southern border against bandits and revolutionaries, suppression of an uncontrolled vigilante movement in San Francisco, and a land dispute with Britain in the San Juan Islands of Puget Sound. A final section covers army roles in the Mormon War, Bleeding Kansas, and the secession crisis, events that stirred popular sympathies against the military and exposed the lack of clear constitutional authority for the army to intervene in civil issues. Building on the earlier works of Robert Utley, Ball has crafted a broad-ranging and judicious interpretation of the US army's role at mid-19th century. For all academic and general audiences. M. L. Tate University of Nebraska at Omaha
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Deployed to posts from the Missouri River to the Pacific in 1848, the United States Army undertook an old mission on frontiers new to the United States: occupying the western territories; suppressing American Indian resistance; keeping the peace among feuding Indians, Hispanics, and Anglos; and consolidating United States sovereignty in the region.
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Deployed to posts from the Missouri River to the Pacific in 1848, the United States Army undertook an old mission on frontiers new to the United States: occupying the western territories; suppressing American Indian resistance; keeping the peace among feuding Indians, Hispanics, and Anglos; and consolidating United States sovereignty in the region. Overshadowing and complicating the frontier military mission were the politics of slavery and the growing rift between the North and South.As regular troops fanned out across the American West, the diverse inhabitants of the region intensified their competition for natural resources, political autonomy, and cultural survival. Their conflicts often erupted into violence that propelled the army into riot duty and bloody warfare. Examining the full continuum of martial force in the American West, Durwood Ball reveals how regular troops waged war on American Indians to enforce federal law. He also provides details on the army's military interventions against filibusters in Texas and California, Mormon rebels in Utah, and violent political partisans in Kansas. Unlike previous histories, this book argues that the politics of slavery profoundly influenced the western mission of the regular army -- affecting the hearts and minds of officers and enlisted men both as the nation plummeted toward civil war.

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