Southern Arizona Military Outposts (Images of America Series)

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In the 1840s, the powerful pull of Manifest Destiny brought the U.S. Army to today's southern Arizona. The first forces came as a vanguard marching westward to conquer California, but soon their comrades returned. They would establish a string of outposts, a few of which remain more than a century after their founding. These installations greatly contributed to local military, economic, social, and even political history. Their inhabitants included noted 19th-century generals George Crook and Nelson A. Miles, as...
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Overview


In the 1840s, the powerful pull of Manifest Destiny brought the U.S. Army to today's southern Arizona. The first forces came as a vanguard marching westward to conquer California, but soon their comrades returned. They would establish a string of outposts, a few of which remain more than a century after their founding. These installations greatly contributed to local military, economic, social, and even political history. Their inhabitants included noted 19th-century generals George Crook and Nelson A. Miles, as well as a later officer, Omar Bradley of World War II fame. Some of these men brought their families to share the often lonely, monotonous existence of life at a frontier fort. Occasionally their routine was broken by grueling field service that more than once sent troops southward on to Mexican soil where they suffered and sometimes died. Among these stalwarts were buffalo soldiers, Indian scouts, and new arrivals fresh from Europe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738579924
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 3/14/2011
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 1,467,607
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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Historian John Langellier vividly captures their trials and tribulations through nearly 200 photographs, illustrations, and maps, gathered for the first time in one volume from public archives and private collections. These images offer an amazing window into a vanished Arizona that military pioneers once called home.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Military Garrisons 11

2 Army Families 41

3 Field Operations 51

4 Commanders 73

5 Buffalo Soldiers 87

6 Indian Scouts 105

7 Perserving the Past 115

Bibliography 127

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