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Uniforms, Arms, and Equipment - The U.S. Army on the Western Frontier 1880-1892 (Hardcover, 2nd ed.): Douglas C. McChristian Uniforms, Arms, and Equipment - The U.S. Army on the Western Frontier 1880-1892 (Hardcover, 2nd ed.)
Douglas C. McChristian; Foreword by Jerome A. Greene
R1,358 Discovery Miles 13 580 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Volume 1: Headgear, Clothing, and Footwear

Volume 2: Weapons and Accouterments

"The definitive two-volume survey of military clothing and equipment during the final years of the U.S.-Indian wars"

Building on the success of his best-selling "The U.S. Army in the West, 1870-1880: Uniforms, Arms, and Equipment," Douglas C. McChristian here presents a two-volume comprehensive account of the evolution of military arms and equipment during the years 1880-1892. The volumes are set against the backdrop of the final decade of the Indian campaigns--a key period of transition in United States military history.

In Volume 1, McChristian shows how the Quartermaster Department modified the design and manufacturing of uniforms and other clothing to meet the developing needs of troops in the American West. In Volume 2, he focuses on weapons and other accouterments, recounting in detail the army's quest to find a repeating rifle that would serve the needs of both cavalry and infantry across the plains.

Drawing on extensive research in public and private collections throughout the United States and lavishly illustrated with more than four hundred color and black-and-white illustrations, these volumes will serve as invaluable references for collectors, curators, and students of militaria and of the frontier era.


The U.S. Army in the West, 1870-1880 - Uniforms, Weapons, and Equipment (Paperback): Douglas C. McChristian The U.S. Army in the West, 1870-1880 - Uniforms, Weapons, and Equipment (Paperback)
Douglas C. McChristian; Foreword by John P. Langellier
R631 R507 Discovery Miles 5 070 Save R124 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"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.

Frontier Cavalry Trooper - The Letters of Private Eddie Matthews, 1869-1874 (Hardcover): Douglas C. McChristian Frontier Cavalry Trooper - The Letters of Private Eddie Matthews, 1869-1874 (Hardcover)
Douglas C. McChristian
R1,349 Discovery Miles 13 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

During his five years in the army, Private William Edward Matthews wrote a series of exceptionally detailed and engaging letters to his family back home in Maryland describing his life in the Arizona and New Mexico Territories. Eddie Matthews's letters, published here for the first time, provide an unparalleled chronicle of one soldier's experiences in garrison and in the field in the post-Civil War Southwest.

Eddie's letters record a vivid chronicle of day-to-day life in the frontier regulars. Included are operational details in his company, candid observations of people and places, intimate views of frontier society, and personal opinions that probably would have been forgotten or moderated had he recorded his experiences later in life. More subtle are his valuable references to the state of transportation and communication in the Southwest during the early 1870s. Matthews probably did not realize until later years that he was not only a witness to the nation's rapid westward expansion, but was himself a tiny cog in the machinery that made it possible.

Regular Army O! - Soldiering on the Western Frontier, 1865-1891 (Paperback): Douglas C. McChristian Regular Army O! - Soldiering on the Western Frontier, 1865-1891 (Paperback)
Douglas C. McChristian; Foreword by Robert M. Utley
R880 Discovery Miles 8 800 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The drums they roll, upon my soul, for that's the way we go,"" runs the chorus in a Harrigan and Hart song from 1874. ""Forty miles a day on beans and hay in the Regular Army O!"" The last three words of that lyric aptly title Douglas C. McChristian's remarkable work capturing the lot of soldiers posted to the West after the Civil War. At once panoramic and intimate, Regular Army O! uses the testimony of enlisted soldiers - drawn from more than 350 diaries, letters, and memoirs - to create a vivid picture of life in an evolving army on the western frontier. After the volunteer troops that had garrisoned western forts and camps during the Civil War were withdrawn in 1865, the regular army replaced them. In actions involving American Indians between 1866 and 1891, 875 of these soldiers were killed, mainly in minor skirmishes, while many more died of disease, accident, or effects of the natural environment. What induced these men to enlist for five years and to embrace the grim prospect of combat is one of the enduring questions this book explores. Going well beyond Don Rickey Jr.'s classic work Forty Miles a Day on Beans and Hay (1963), McChristian plumbs the regulars' accounts for frank descriptions of their training to be soldiers; their daily routines, including what they ate, how they kept clean, and what they did for amusement; the reasons a disproportionate number occasionally deserted, while black soldiers did so only rarely; how the men prepared for field service; and how the majority who survived mustered out. In this richly drawn, uniquely authentic view, men black and white, veteran and tenderfoot, fill in the details of the frontier soldier's experience, giving voice to history in the making.

Regular Army O! - Soldiering on the Western Frontier, 1865-1891 (Hardcover): Douglas C. McChristian Regular Army O! - Soldiering on the Western Frontier, 1865-1891 (Hardcover)
Douglas C. McChristian; Foreword by Robert M. Utley
R1,501 Discovery Miles 15 010 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The drums they roll, upon my soul, for that's the way we go,"" runs the chorus in a Harrigan and Hart song from 1874. ""Forty miles a day on beans and hay in the Regular Army O!"" The last three words of that lyric aptly title Douglas C. McChristian's remarkable work capturing the lot of soldiers posted to the West after the Civil War. At once panoramic and intimate, Regular Army O! uses the testimony of enlisted soldiers - drawn from more than 350 diaries, letters, and memoirs - to create a vivid picture of life in an evolving army on the western frontier. After the volunteer troops that had garrisoned western forts and camps during the Civil War were withdrawn in 1865, the regular army replaced them. In actions involving American Indians between 1866 and 1891, 875 of these soldiers were killed, mainly in minor skirmishes, while many more died of disease, accident, or effects of the natural environment. What induced these men to enlist for five years and to embrace the grim prospect of combat is one of the enduring questions this book explores. Going well beyond Don Rickey Jr.'s classic work Forty Miles a Day on Beans and Hay (1963), McChristian plumbs the regulars' accounts for frank descriptions of their training to be soldiers; their daily routines, including what they ate, how they kept clean, and what they did for amusement; the reasons a disproportionate number occasionally deserted, while black soldiers did so only rarely; how the men prepared for field service; and how the majority who survived mustered out. In this richly drawn, uniquely authentic view, men black and white, veteran and tenderfoot, fill in the details of the frontier soldier's experience, giving voice to history in the making.

Fort Laramie - Military Bastion of the High Plains (Paperback): Douglas C. McChristian Fort Laramie - Military Bastion of the High Plains (Paperback)
Douglas C. McChristian; Foreword by Paul L. Hedren
R705 Discovery Miles 7 050 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Of all the U.S. Army posts in the West, none witnessed more history than Fort Laramie, positioned where the northern Great Plains join the Rocky Mountains. From its beginnings as a trading post in 1834 to its abandonment by the army in 1890, it was involved in the buffalo hide trade, overland migrations, Indian wars and treaties, the Utah War, Confederate maneuvering, and the coming of the telegraph and first transcontinental railroad. Douglas C. McChristian has written the first complete history of Fort Laramie, chronicling every critical stage in its existence, including its addition to the National Park System. He draws on an extraordinary array of archival materials-including those at Fort Laramie National Historic Site-to present new data about the fort and new interpretations of historical events. Emphasizing the fort's military history, McChristian documents the army's vital role in ending challenges posed by American Indians to U.S. occupation and settlement of the region, and he expands on the fort's interactions with the many Native peoples of the Central Plains and Rocky Mountains. He provides a particularly lucid description of the infamous Grattan fight of 1854, which initiated a generation of strife between Indians and U.S. soldiers, and he recounts the 1851 Horse Creek and 1868 Fort Laramie treaties. Meticulously researched and gracefully told, this is a long-overdue military history of one of the American West's most venerable historic places.

Fort Laramie and the U. S. Army On the High Plains 1849 ? 1890 (Paperback): Douglas C. McChristian Fort Laramie and the U. S. Army On the High Plains 1849 ? 1890 (Paperback)
Douglas C. McChristian
R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The story of Fort Laramie comes alive in this very detailed history of Fort Laramie produced by the National Park Service. From its early days when it was known as Ft. William and then Ft. John and used by fur trappers to its acquisition by the United States military to protect the trails and communication routes used by pioneers and commerce. Chapters detail the Indian relations, diplomacy and treaties promulgated at the fort. This is a great source document for study of the region and time and includes very thorough footnotes and a complete bibliography.

Fort Laramie and the U.S. Army on the High Plains 1849-1890 (Paperback): Douglas C. McChristian Fort Laramie and the U.S. Army on the High Plains 1849-1890 (Paperback)
Douglas C. McChristian
R727 Discovery Miles 7 270 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Part Two of a Historic Resources Study for Fort Laramie National Historic Site. This covers Fort Laramie as a United States military post.

Fort Bowie, Arizona - Combat Post of the Southwest, 1858-1894 (Paperback): Douglas C. McChristian Fort Bowie, Arizona - Combat Post of the Southwest, 1858-1894 (Paperback)
Douglas C. McChristian
R458 R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 Save R83 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Fort Bowie, in present-day Arizona, was established in 1862 at the site of the famous Battle of Apache Pass, where U.S. troops clashed with Apache chief Cochise and his warriors. The fort's dual purpose was to guard the invaluable water supply at Apache Spring and to control Indians in the developing southwestern region. Douglas C. McChristian's "Fort Bowie, Arizona," spans nearly four decades to provide a fascinating account of the many complex events surrounding the small combat post.

In a sweeping narrative, McChristian presents Fort Bowie in fresh contexts of national expansion and regional development, weaving in threads of early exploration, transcontinental railroad surveys, the overland mail, mining, ranching, and the conflict with the Apaches.

Frontier Cavalry Trooper - The Letters of Private Eddie Matthews, 1869aEURO"1874 (Paperback): Douglas C. McChristian Frontier Cavalry Trooper - The Letters of Private Eddie Matthews, 1869aEURO"1874 (Paperback)
Douglas C. McChristian
R993 Discovery Miles 9 930 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

During his five years in the army, Private William Edward Matthews wrote a series of exceptionally detailed and engaging letters to his family back home in Maryland describing his life in the Arizona and New Mexico Territories. His letters, published here for the first time, provide an unparalleled chronicle of one soldier's experiences in the garrison and in the field in the post-Civil War Southwest. Matthews's letters record a vivid chronicle of day-to-day life in the frontier regulars. Included are operational details in his company, candid observations of people and places, intimate views of frontier society, and personal opinions that probably would have been forgotten or moderated had he recorded his experiences later in life. Matthews probably did not realize until much later that he was not only a witness to the nation's rapid westward expansion but was himself a tiny cog in the machinery that made it possible.

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