Commander and Builder of Western Forts : The Life and Times of Major General Henry C. Merriam, 1862-1901
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During his thirty-eight-year career as a military officer, Henry Clay Merriam received the Medal of Honor for his service in the Civil War, rose to prominence in the Western army, and exerted significant influence on the American West by establishing military posts, protecting rail lines, and maintaining an uneasy peace between settlers and Indians.
Historian Jack Stokes Ballard?s new study of Merriam?s life and career sheds light on the experience of the western fort builders, whose impact on the US westward expansion, though less dramatic, was just as lasting as that of Indian fighters such as Custer and Sheridan. Further, Merriam?s lengthy period in command of black troops offers a study in leadership and important understandings about the conditions under which African Americans served on the Western frontier.
During the course of his service, Merriam crisscrossed the country, from Brownsville, Texas, to the Pacific Northwest and Vancouver Barracks, serving in eastern Washington, California, and Denver.
Drawing extensively on the many letters and records associated with Merriam?s long army career, Ballard presents his service in a wide range of settings, many of which have become the stuff of Western history: from conflict with Mexican revolutionaries on the Rio Grande to the miners? riots in Coeur d?Alene.
Ballard?s careful research provides a vivid picture of the military?s role in the westward expansion.
About the Author:
JACK STOKES BALLARD, of Centennial, Colorado, is a career Air Force officer and a former history instructor at the United States Air Force Academy. He has written several aviation histories, includingWar Bird Ace: The Great War Exploits of Capt. Field E. Kindley
(Texas A & M University Press, 2007).
Title: Commander and Builder of Western Forts : The...
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication Date: 2012
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
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