Vol. 34, 2004 | Department of History

Vol. 34, 2004

Military History of the West

Vol. 34, 2004

Table of Contents

"'One of the Most Remarkable Marches Ever Made': The Lawton Expedition and the American Military Pursuit of Geronimo's Band of Chiricahua Apaches" by Bradley G. Courtney

Abstract: The surrender of the Apache war leader Geronimo to Brigadier General Nelson Miles on 3 September 1886 marked not only the end of the Apache Wars, but also the American Indian Wars. This event generated everlasting debate over what decisions, events, efforts, factors, and individuals most influenced Geronimo to surrender to the United States Army. Constant military pursuit, spearheaded by the "Lawton Expedition," caused Geronimo and his compatriots to desire life away from the warpath and, therefore, formed the foundation for Geronimo's surrender.
Key Words: Geronimo; Apaches; Henry Lawton; Nelson Miles

"Civilian Reaction to the Red River Campaign, 1864, Natchitoches to Mansfield, Louisiana" by Vicki Betts

Abstract: As Confederate forces retreated into northwest Louisiana during the spring of 1864, the women and children of the area were left to face General Nathaniel P. Banks's Federal army virtually alone. They survived the destruction of property and deaths of loved ones to care for the wounded and dead of both sides. Based on first-hand accounts by civilians and soldiers.
Key Words: Civil War; Red River campaign; Louisiana; civilians; women; children

"John Bell Hood and the Campaign in North Alabama and Middle Tennessee, October-November 1864" by Douglas R. Cubbison

Abstract: Geographical obstacles, unexpectedly stiff resistance from some Federal units, and logistical problems forced Confederate general John Bell Hood to delay his army's crossing over the Tennessee River in October and November 1864. Once across, Hood determined to strike at John M. Schofield's Federal army at Franklin, Tennessee, in order to prevent its escape to a stronger position in Nashville.
Key Words: John Bell Hood; Tennessee River; Battle of Franklin; Spring Hill

"'A Lion in Her Path': Texas, New Mexico, and the United States Army, 1850" by Thomas W. Cutrer

Abstract: This article discusses the dispute of the late 1840s between Texas and the people of New Mexico over who should exercise sovereignty in what is now eastern New Mexico. Included is the full text of an order from General-in-Chief Winfield Scott to U.S. Army officers in New Mexico ordering the army to resist any Texas incursion into New Mexico.
Key Words: New Mexico; Texas; border dispute; Winfield Scott

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