The Settlers' War: The Struggle for the Texas Frontier in the 1860s

The Settlers' War: The Struggle for the Texas Frontier in the 1860s

by Gregory Michno
     
 

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Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press for Caxton Press

During the decades from 1820 to 1870, the American frontier expanded two thousand miles across the trans-Mississippi West. In Texas the frontier line expanded only about two hundred miles. The supposedly irresistible European force met nearly immovable Native American resistance, sparking a

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Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press for Caxton Press

During the decades from 1820 to 1870, the American frontier expanded two thousand miles across the trans-Mississippi West. In Texas the frontier line expanded only about two hundred miles. The supposedly irresistible European force met nearly immovable Native American resistance, sparking a brutal struggle for possession of Texas’s hills and prairies that continued for decades.

During the 1860s, however, the bloodiest decade in the western Indian wars, there were no large-scale battles in Texas between the army and the Indians. Instead, the targets of the Comanches, the Kiowas, and the Apaches were generally the homesteaders out on the Texas frontier, that is, precisely those who should have been on the sidelines. Ironically, it was these noncombatants who bore the brunt of the warfare, suffering far greater losses than the soldiers supposedly there to protect them. It is this story that The Settlers’ War tells for the first time.

 
 

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Research Book News

"[Gregory Michno] presents an in-depth, different perspective, told from the settler's point of view."—Research Book News
Civil War Books and Authors

"The Settlers' War presents a detailed picture of perhaps the bloodiest decade of sustained homestead violence in the history of the West."—Andrew Wagenhoffer, Civil War Books and Authors

— Andrew Wagenhoffer

Civil War Books and Authors - Andrew Wagenhoffer

"The Settlers' War presents a detailed picture of perhaps the bloodiest decade of sustained homestead violence in the history of the West."—Andrew Wagenhoffer, Civil War Books and Authors

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870044946
Publisher:
Caxton Press
Publication date:
08/15/2011
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
813,603
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Michno attended Michigan State University and did postgraduate work at the University of Northern Colorado. An award-winning author, he has written dozens of articles and several books dealing with World War II and the American West. His most recent books, The Deadliest Indian War in the West and A Fate Worse than Death, were both published by Caxton Press. He lives in Longmont, Colorado.

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