Vol. 39, 2009 | Department of History

Vol. 39, 2009

MILITARY HISTORY OF THE WEST 2009

Vol. 39, 2009

The Freedmen's Bureau and Logistical Problems in Texas, 1865-1868 by Christopher R. Bean

Abstract: The Freedmen's Bureau, a branch of the U.S. War Department created at the end of the Civil War, was founded to help former slaves adjust from being slaves to being free men and women. Bureau agents in local areas of Texas found numerous organizational and logistical barriers in their way. These problems seriously interfered with the Bureau's work and help explain its limited effectiveness.
Key Words: Freedmen's Bureau; War Department; Texas; subassistant commissioners; Reconstruction.

The 10th Cavalry's Company K Pursues Geronimo, 27 April - 3 May 1886 by Bradley G. Courtney

Abstract: When Captain Thomas Lebo's Company K, Tenth Cavalry, encountered the last band of Native Americans resist- ing the American government's Indian resevation system in 1886, not only did the apache Wars hang in the balance, but also the American Indian Wars. While General Nelson Miles was concocting a military strategy tantamount to a racial experi- ment between a white American army and Apaches led by Geronimo, an American army company composed of African American soldiers was forced to act. The "buffalo soldiers" did not win a decisive battle, but they initiated a relay system that would lead to Geronimo's surrender.
Key Words: Apache Wars; Geronimo Campaign; General Nelson Miles; buffalo soldiers; Tenth Cavalry.

Debating the Rebellion: A Texan and a New Yorker Discuss Secession and the Civil War by Charles D. Grear, ED.

Abstract: Throughout the Civil War few Confederates debated their stance on fighting, secession, and slavery with strangers from the Union states. During the closing months of the war, Texan Sergeant S. E. Moseley and New York physician Alfred Mercer ably argued their convictions regarding the Civil War. Their confrontation clarified the issues that divided the warring sides.
Key Words: Civil War; secession; slavery; state sovereignty.

Fort Inge and the Texas Frontier Economy, 1849-1869 by Thomas T. Smith

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