Accession Number : ADA331801

Title :   Infantry on the Kansas Frontier: 1866-1880

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 4 Aug-6 Jun 97

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Sullivan, John M., Jr

PDF Url : ADA331801

Report Date : 07 JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 145

Abstract : This thesis focuses on the U. S. Army's infantry in Kansas during the development of the American frontier during the years from the Civil War until 1880. Infantry companies were the mainstay of the frontier Army during these years of westward expansion and development Yet, twentieth century literature and Hollywood movies overlook the role of the infantry on the frontier. A small, fiscally constrained Army could not have safeguarded the nation's frontier without the employment of infantry alongside the cavalry. The central and western portions of the state of Kansas encapsulate the Army's role in the development of fly nation's frontier. Two overland trails the Smoky Hill and the Arkansas, passed through this area and were primary routes for westward expansion. The Kansas pacific railroad, one of two major westward lines, was built during these years. Settlement grew in this area under the Homestead Act of 1862. These elements brought conflict with the Indians; Kansas the scene of some of the most sustained and violent Indian attacks in the last half of the 1860s. To meet the tasks of frontier development the Army employed both cavalry and infantry.

Descriptors :   *INFANTRY PERSONNEL, *KANSAS, MILITARY HISTORY, THESES, ARMY, CAVALRY.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE