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

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

by Robert Wooster
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University of New Mexico Press

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826338433
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Series: Histories of the American Frontier Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 379
Sales rank: 983,611
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

Preface xi

Chapter 1 Defeat and Victory in the Ohio Valley 1

Chapter 2 Sword of the Nation 20

Chapter 3 Sharpening the Nation's Sword 39

Chapter 4 Asserting National Sovereignty 57

Chapter 5 The Wars of Indian Removal 78

Chapter 6 Agent of Manifest Destiny 96

Chapter 7 Constabularies in Blue 118

Chapter 8 Frontier Regulars and the Collapse of the Union 143

Chapter 9 Civil Wars in the Borderlands 163

Chapter 10 The Regulars Return 188

Chapter 11 Testing the Peace Policy 216

Chapter 12 Conquest of a Continent 238

Epilogue: The Long Frontier 268

Abbreviations 277

Notes 279

Bibliography 317

Index 351

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