THE TROOPERS by S.E. Whitman
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This excellent little volume will prove the joy of every western or Army buff, every TV or movie producer, and every historical librarian in the United States. It is no less than an itemized, unglamorized, down-to-western-earth account of the ten thousand officers and men who took the West from the Indians from 1865-1890. A subject of conflicting governmental policies which was reduced to ""feed the Indians in the winter, fight 'em in the summer,"" these cavalry troopers endured incredible hardship, loneliness, and often death in their isolated western forts. This book tells the nature of those dedicated men, the locations in which they fought, and how the Indians organized crack ""cavalry"" units of their own to maraud against the white man. Included are reports on famous outfits like the Seventh, little known stories of Negro troops on the frontier, accounts of Chief Joseph, Captain Jack, or of Generals Crook, Sheridan, Custer and Miles. Even the cavalryman's pay scale, manner of dress and of eating, weaponry, and system of discipline is examined closely and with great accuracy.

Publisher: Hastings House