The American Military Frontiers: The United States Army in the West, 1783-1900 [NOOK Book]

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As the fledgling nation looked west to the land beyond the Appalachian Mountains, it turned to the army to advance and defend its national interests. Clashing with Spain, Britain, France, Mexico, the Confederacy, and Indians in this pursuit of expansion, the army's failures and successes alternately delayed and hastened western migration. Roads, river improvements, and railroads, often constructed or facilitated by the army, further solidified the nation's presence as it reached the Pacific Ocean and expanded ...

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The American Military Frontiers: The United States Army in the West, 1783-1900

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As the fledgling nation looked west to the land beyond the Appalachian Mountains, it turned to the army to advance and defend its national interests. Clashing with Spain, Britain, France, Mexico, the Confederacy, and Indians in this pursuit of expansion, the army's failures and successes alternately delayed and hastened western migration. Roads, river improvements, and railroads, often constructed or facilitated by the army, further solidified the nation's presence as it reached the Pacific Ocean and expanded north and south to the borders of Canada and Mexico. Western military experiences thus illustrate the dual role played by the United States Army in insuring national security and fostering national development.

Robert Wooster's study examines the fundamental importance of military affairs to social, economic, and political life throughout the borderlands and western frontiers. Integrating the work of other military historians as well as tapping into a broad array of primary materials, Wooster offers a multifaceted narrative that will shape our understanding of the frontier military experience, its relationship with broader concerns of national politics, and its connection to major themes and events in American history.

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Robert Wooster is Regents Professor of history at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He is author or editor of ten books on the army, the West, and the Civil War, most recently Frontier Crossroads: Fort Davis and the West.

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Table of Contents

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Ch. 1 Defeat and Victory in the Ohio Valley 1

Ch. 2 Sword of the Nation 20

Ch. 3 Sharpening the Nation's Sword 39

Ch. 4 Asserting National Sovereignty 57

Ch. 5 The Wars of Indian Removal 78

Ch. 6 Agent of Manifest Destiny 96

Ch. 7 Constabularies in Blue 118

Ch. 8 Frontier Regulars and the Collapse of the Union 143

Ch. 9 Civil Wars in the Borderlands 163

Ch. 10 The Regulars Return 188

Ch. 11 Testing the Peace Policy 216

Ch. 12 Conquest of a Continent 238

Epilogue: The Long Frontier 268

Abbreviations 277

Notes 279

Bibliography 317

Index 351

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