An Army Doctor on the Western Frontier

An Army Doctor on the Western Frontier

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Assigned to the District of Utah during the Civil War, physician John Vance Lauderdale spent the next twenty-five years on army posts in the American West, serving in California, Arizona, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Texas. Throughout his career he kept a detailed journal and sent long letters home to his sister in upstate New York. This selection of Lauderdalea€™s writings, edited and annotated by a premier historian of the American West, offers an insightful account of army life that will teach readers much about the settlement and growth of the West in a time of rapid change. Lauderdalea€™s observations are keen and critical. He writes about fellow officers, his army superiors, the civilians and American Indians he encountered, life on officersa€™ row, and the day-to-day functioning of the army medical service. Particularly valuable are his insights into military interactions with local communities of Mormons, American Indians, and Hispanos.David I find quite well up on the drill of a soldier, having been made acquainted with the manual and other elements of the tactics while in the government marine service. Tactics is one branch of the military service that I have no relish for, andanbsp;...

Title:An Army Doctor on the Western Frontier
Author:Robert M. Utley
Publisher:UNM Press - 2014-04-30


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