My Army Life: A Soldier's Wife at Fort Phil Kearny

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No army post on the nineteenth-century Trans-Mississippi frontier has been the focus of as much attention as Fort Phil Kearny, Wyoming. Built in 1866 as one of three outposts along the Bozeman Trail, Fort Phil Kearny's brief two-year existence was marred by tragedy and controversy arising from two of the most famous and debated Indian fights in western history: the Fetterman disaster and the Wagon Box Fight. The short-lived fort is also noteworthy for the wealth of lore left by its residents concerning life at an...
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Overview

No army post on the nineteenth-century Trans-Mississippi frontier has been the focus of as much attention as Fort Phil Kearny, Wyoming. Built in 1866 as one of three outposts along the Bozeman Trail, Fort Phil Kearny's brief two-year existence was marred by tragedy and controversy arising from two of the most famous and debated Indian fights in western history: the Fetterman disaster and the Wagon Box Fight. The short-lived fort is also noteworthy for the wealth of lore left by its residents concerning life at an army post. One of those to write of her experience was a young woman, Frances Grummond Carrington, whose first husband, Lieutenant George W. Grummond, lost his life in the Fetterman fight. Four years later Frances married Colonel Henry B. Carrington, Fort Phil Kearny's founder and commanding officer, whose first wife, Margaret, had died in 1870. She too had written about life at Fort Kearny. In My Army Life, (originally published as Army Life On The Plains), Frances Grummond Carrington shares with us the experience of traveling north along the Bozeman Trail; the building of Fort Phil Kearny and what life was like for a young bride at this remote military station in the West. The last third of the book describes the Carringtons' life after leaving Fort Phil Kearny: how Frances and Henry renewed their acquaintance with one another following Margaret's death; their subsequent marriage, and their return to the Sheridan, Wyoming, area to help dedicate a Fetterman memorial.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780871087980
  • Publisher: Pruett Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/15/1993
  • Series: The Pruett Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 317
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Outward Bound
I Governor's Island to Vicksburg and Leavenworth. The Father of Waters in Midsummer 15
II Fort Leavenworth to Fort McPherson 25
III Incidents of Travel--The First Woman Passenger on the U. P. Railroad--Warnings of Pending Indian War 29
IV McPherson and Sedgwick Visited 35
V To Fort Laramie 40
VI Betweens--Incidents and Notes 48
VII At Laramie--A Famous Old Post 53
VIII Leaving Laramie--Alarms of War Discredited 61
IX To Fort Reno--Scenery and Incidents--The Cactus Arrows Our Only Foe 65
X To Crazy Woman's Fork--Its Tradition and Fight 69
Pt. II Our Frontier Home
XI Fort Phil. Kearney in Sight--Tragic Entrance 85
XII Garrison Life Begun 90
XIII Domesticities and New Friendships 99
XIV Socialities and Alarms--A Dreadful Experience 104
XV Flag-Raising by Mr. William Daley and Its Incidents--Salute Echoes as of a Battle 109
XVI False Notice of Peace--The Messenger for Help Arrives in Safety--Many Alarms--Guide Bridger and His Duties 118
XVII The Fight of December 6, and Its Tragedy 130
XVIII Parting With One Family, Noticed 138
XIX The Great Massacre of December 21 142
XX Its Sad Details 149
XXI A Solemn Christmas and Its Experiences 158
XXII New Year's and Messenger Phillips--Re-Enforcements Arrive 163
Pt. III Homeward Bound
XXIII Preparing for Departure--Snow Storm as We Start 173
XXIV March to Fort Reno--Extreme Cold--Mercury in the Bulb--Meet Countless Herds of Buffalo 180
XXV At Fort Reno--Sad Results of the Winter's March 190
XXVI To Fort Casper--Indians Threaten and a Corral Formed--The Colonel Wounded 195
XXVII Again at Laramie and McPherson--Good-bye Courtesies at Omaha 204
XXVIII Home Again 211
Pt. IV After Many Days
XXIX Sheridan City Celebrates "Wyoming Opened" 221
XXX Escorted to Sheridan--The Route a Contrast With Former Desert Wastes 230
XXXI Welcomed to Sheridan 241
XXXII Attending Veterans Accompany Reviewing Officer--Massacre Hill and the Old Fort 248
XXXIII Third of July--Massacre Hill--Address by General Carrington--Flag-Raising by Mr. Daley 265
XXXIV Fourth of July--Parade--Orations--Key of the City Presented to General Carrington 280
XXXV Reception at Opera House--Dietz Coal Mines--The Great Future of Sheridan 298
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