The U.S. Army in the West, 1870-1880: Uniforms, Weapons and Equipment

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 The U.S. Army in the West, 1870-1880, Douglas C. McChristian describes the development of army uniforms, equipment, and small arms during a pivotal decade of experimentation and against the backdrop of a highly influential military operation-the Indian campaigns in the West.

McChristian discusses the evolution of military clothing, equipment, and arms throughout the decade and fully describes each type of item and its modifications. Drawing much new information from the ...

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Overview

 The U.S. Army in the West, 1870-1880, Douglas C. McChristian describes the development of army uniforms, equipment, and small arms during a pivotal decade of experimentation and against the backdrop of a highly influential military operation-the Indian campaigns in the West.

McChristian discusses the evolution of military clothing, equipment, and arms throughout the decade and fully describes each type of item and its modifications. Drawing much new information from the records of the Ordnance and Quartermaster departments, he also adds the human perspective with excerpts from previously unpublished 1875 field reports.

Lavishly illustrated with more than two hundred photographs gathered from public and private collections across the nation, this book is an invaluable reference for collectors, curators, and students of militaria and of the colorful frontier era.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806137827
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 2/8/2006
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 794,897
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas C. McChristian is a retired research historian for the National Park Service in the Santa Fe regional office and a former National Park Service field historian at Fort Davis and Fort Laramie national historic sites and at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. A resident of Tucson, Arizona, he is the author of Fort Bowie, Arizona:Combat Post of the Southwest, 1858-1894.

John P. Langellier is the author of numerous books on the American West and military history.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Introduction 3
I A Problem of Morale: The War Surplus, 1865-1871 7
II Distinctive and Honorable Dress for the Soldier, 1872-1873 40
III To Contrive Means for Carrying Clothing and Rations, 1870-1872 78
IV The Best Small Arms for the Use of the Army, 1870-1880 105
V Until Those Now on Hand Are Exhausted: Clothing, 1874-1877 144
VI New Schemes for Inflicting Something Wonderful on the Soldier: Equipment, 1874 178
VII To the Great Relief and Satisfaction of the Army: Equipment and Clothing, 1878-1880 222
Epilogue 246
Appendix I: Sample Cartridge Boxes of the St. Louis Board, 1870: A Photographic Essay 251
Appendix II: Directions for Fitting Infantry Equipments, U.S. Army, 1872 261
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