The Old Army

The Old Army

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Military historians are, quite rightly, concerned with war, but the Army does not simply cease to exist between the treaty ending one conflict and the opening guns of the next. The people who made up the qgarrison worldq during the peacetime intervals between the War for Independence and the Spanish-American War are the subject of this book. These were men collected mostly from the streets of Northern cities. Although the occasional Indian war made headlines, the unrelenting labor of building and maintaining frontier outposts occupied most of their days. Drawing on diaries, letters, and other primary documents, this text recreates the harsh, often lonely, garrison life. The author pays special attention to the roles of women and children, as well as black Americans, and to the development of military professionalism.and gambling places, it would not have required much imagination to infer that the inhabitants of the cabin named aquot;My Ladya#39;s ... Their precarious situation made her momentarily cast aside the rigid strictures of society, aquot;for no matter what they were, the helplessness of women at such a time makes one forget everything, save that their lives hung in the balance. ... generala#39;s wife who had grown up as a captaina#39;s daughter in the late nineteenth century collected the memoirs of army wives.

Title:The Old Army
Author:Edward M. Coffman
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 1986


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