Fort Laramie : military bastion of the High Plains

by McChristian, Douglas C.

Format: Print Book 2009
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction F769.F6 M39 2009
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  F769.F6 M39 2009
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.

The chain of posts to Oregon
The first to make the ground bloody
The unfortunate affair
A thunder clap
The Cheyennes are an unruly race
A state of substantial rebellion
The mail line is indepensible
We are holding this territory by a thread
This requires vigorous war
We are going to have a warm time
We have caught Mr. Two Face
We settle the Indian troubles this season
There shall be no more treachery
Poor Indian finds himself hemmed in
Rather lively times
My hands are bloody to the elbows
I do not want to be the only chief
Indians have great respect for authority
The Sioux War
will be over forever
Everything had changed
The wind moans dismally
That so much of it has been saved
Appendix: Regiments represented in the Fort Laramie garrison, 1859-1890.

Additional Information
Series Frontier military series ; 26.
Subjects Frontier and pioneer life -- Wyoming.
Frontier and pioneer life -- High Plains (U.S.)
Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.)
Indians of North America -- Wars -- 1866-1895.
Fort Laramie (Wyo. : Fort) -- History.
West (U.S.) -- History -- 1848-1860.
West (U.S.) -- History -- 1860-1890.
West (U.S.) -- History, Military -- 19th century.
High Plains (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century.
High Plains (U.S.) -- History, Military -- 19th century.
Publisher Norman, Okla. :Arthur H. Clark Co.,2009
Language English
Description 456 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [421]-436) and index.
ISBN 9780870623608 (hardcover (cloth) : alk. paper)
0870623605 (hardcover (cloth) : alk. paper)
9780870623615 (hardcover (ltd. ed. leather) : alk. paper)
0870623613 (hardcover (ltd. ed. leather) : alk. paper)
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