Jackson's Sword: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1810-1821

Jackson's Sword: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1810-1821

by Samuel J. Watson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780700618842
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Publication date: 12/06/2012
Series: Modern War Studies Series
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Samuel J. Watson is an associate professor of history at the U.S. Military Academy and editor of The International Library of Essays in Military History: Warfare in the USA, 1783-1861.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction. The Soldier and the Nineteenth-Century American State: Insulation, Autonomy, and Agency 1

1 Confidence, Belligerence, and Insubordination: Army Operations along the Texan and Maritime Frontiers of Louisiana, 1810-1814 35

2 The Army Asserts American Hegemony on the Florida Frontier: From the Creek War to the Destruction of the Negro Fort, 1813-1816 63

3 The Tensions of Aggression and Accountability: Military Expansionism in the Gulf Borderlands, 1815-1817 96

4 Concluding the Quasi-War with Spain: Civil-Military Tensions, the Occupation of Amelia Island, and the "First Seminole War," 1817-1818 123

5 Jackson and Gaines Get Their Way: Civil-Military Friction over the Invasion of Florida, Indian Relations, and Filibustering against Texas, 1817-1821 155

6 Assessing National Military Expansion on the Western Frontier to 1825: Political and Diplomatic Ebb and Flow in Army Operations on the Plains 189

7 The Growth of Professional Accountability during the 1820s and 1830s: Contexts, Policies, and Causation-Domestic and International 225

Conclusion. The Soldier and the Jacksonian State: The Military Academy, Army Missions, and Political Acceptance in an Age of Democratization 255

Appendices 287

Notes 303

Selected Bibliography 397

Index 437

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