US Cavalry on the Plains 1850–90

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US Cavalry on the Plains 1850–90

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A concise, illustrated study of the US cavalrymen of the American West in the late nineteenth century.

Two events in the 19th century turned the minds of Americans westwards towards eventual and inevitable conflict with the Plains Indians. The first was victory in the Mexican-American War, which brought millions of acres of new land in the West. The second was the discovery of gold in California. One of the results of this migration was conflict with the Indians who inhabited the Plains. So it was natural that the Army, the nation's armed peace-keepers, should be sent to garrison the West.

This book by Philip Katcher tells the absorbing story of the US cavalrymen who patrolled the Plains from 1850 to 1890, supported by photographs and detailed original colour artwork.

Table of Contents

The 1850s
The Civil War Years
The Climax: 1866-76
The Sioux War, 1876-77
The Last Campaigns: 1881-91
Cavalry Organisation
Army Life on the Plains
The Plates

Product details

Published 26 Mar 1985
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9780850456097
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 50 black and white and 8 colour images
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 168
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Philip Katcher

Philip Katcher was born in Los Angeles, California…


Ronald Volstad

RONALD B.VOLSTAD was born in 1949 in Alberta, Cana…


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