Fort Supply Indian Territory

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This book chronicles all the years Fort Supply remained active. In the first ten years of the post's existence, from 1868 to 1878, its personnel were involved in three Indian uprisings and yet found time to protect the Cheyennes and Arapahoes from depredations by other Indian tribes, white stock thieves, and whisky traders from Kansas and New Mexico. In the decade of the 1880's, Fort Supply troops provided protection for the emerging cattle industry of western Indian Territory. As the frontier continued to ...
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Overview

This book chronicles all the years Fort Supply remained active. In the first ten years of the post's existence, from 1868 to 1878, its personnel were involved in three Indian uprisings and yet found time to protect the Cheyennes and Arapahoes from depredations by other Indian tribes, white stock thieves, and whisky traders from Kansas and New Mexico. In the decade of the 1880's, Fort Supply troops provided protection for the emerging cattle industry of western Indian Territory. As the frontier continued to diminish after 1890, Fort Supply performed its last role in history by serving as headquarters for the opening of the Cherokee Outlet to settlement.For roughly twenty-five years Fort Supply played a meaningful part in the lives of three important elements of Southern plains history: the red man, the cowboy, and the sodbuster.

"The research is . . . based primarily on abundant unpublished official records and other contemporary sources. The book is generally well written, unusually interesting, and unquestionably definitive." ARIZONA AND THE WEST

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“[Carriker] has done a commendable job of describing the military challenge in a land ’teeming with discontented and only temporarily pacified Indians.’ But his crucial point is that Indian Territory during the last three decades of the nineteenth century was a nether world of whiskey merchants, cattle and timber thieves, speculators, tribal opportunists, and various other frontier thugs who operated on the rational assumption that it was difficult, if not virtually impossible, for the government to establish justice and order.”—Montana

"Fort Supply remained active until February 26, 1895, when notification from army headquarters turned it over to the Department of the Interior. Carriker chronicles all those years with the skill of a military strategist--his writing style sharp and lean, his lavish footnotes and bibliographical references enough to satisfy the most demanding historical researcher."--American West

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Carriker (history, Gonzaga U.) describes Jesuit missionary De Smet's work with the Native American tribes of the West, and discusses his fundraising efforts, his writing, and his role as a peacemaker in intertribal conflicts and in conflicts between Natives Americans and the military. Includes b&w photos and illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806122434
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 6/18/1971
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 998,988
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert C. Carriker, Alphonse and Geraldine Arnold Distinguished Professor of History at Gonzaga University, is a historian of the fur trade and Western exploration.

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