Outpost of the Sioux Wars: A History of Fort Robinson

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In 1874, Fort Robinson was founded amid the piney ridges of northwest Nebraska to stem the attacks of the Sioux, angered by settlers encroaching on the High Plains and by gold prospectors invading their sacred Black Hills. Fort Robinson’s residents—including black troops, members of the Ninth and Tenth Cavalry Regiments—were divided by rank and sometimes by race.
 
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In 1874, Fort Robinson was founded amid the piney ridges of northwest Nebraska to stem the attacks of the Sioux, angered by settlers encroaching on the High Plains and by gold prospectors invading their sacred Black Hills. Fort Robinson’s residents—including black troops, members of the Ninth and Tenth Cavalry Regiments—were divided by rank and sometimes by race.
 
Schubert makes clear the vital importance of Fort Robinson during the Sioux wars, including the Ghost Dance Uprisings of 1890, and he blends social analysis with military history in his concern for the families of soldiers and civilians.
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Editorial Reviews

Robert M. Utley

“It is fine social as well as military history, and offers valuable insights into fort and town—the army’s equivalent of town and gown. The triumphs and trials of black soldiers in the frontier period also receive important illumination.”—Robert M. Utley, author of Frontier Regulars: The United States Army and the Indian, 1866–1891
Edward M. Coffman

“To my knowledge, Schubert’s thoughtful research in community records goes beyond the work of any other post historian. Indeed, this is an outstanding post history.”—Edward M. Coffman, author of The Old Army and The War to End All Wars
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803292260
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 1,080,039
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Frank N. Schubert has been a historian for the U.S. Army for over fifteen years. He is the author of Vanguard of Expansion: Army Engineers in the Trans-Mississippi West, 1819–1879.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 1999

    An Excellent Military Social History

    This was a very readable and informative look at everyday life at a typical Army post in the late 19th century/early 20th century. It was fascinating to read of the transformation of the installation from a frontier post established at the height of the Sioux Wars to a permanent military facility. Additionally, since Fort Robinson was home to both white and black cavalry units, the book offers a seldom seen look at the state of race relations in the Army during this time period. It's rich in detail and covers the lives of officers, enlisted, and civilians with equal emphasis. The only criticism I have of the book is at the beginning Military Operations section. It seems to have presumed the reader already knows about the Sioux Wars and who's who and drops names, battles, locations, etc. without establishing much of a foundation or providing a background. This would not be the book to read if you're wanting to know about the Sioux Wars, but it's great social history.

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