An Army Doctor on the Western Frontier: Journals and Letters by Robert M. Utley

By Robert M. Utley

Assigned to the District of Utah through the Civil battle, health professional John Vance Lauderdale spent the subsequent twenty-five years on military posts within the American West, serving in California, Arizona, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Texas. all through his occupation he saved an in depth magazine and despatched lengthy letters domestic to his sister in upstate big apple. this feature of Lauderdale’s writings, edited and annotated by means of a ultimate historian of the yankee West, bargains an insightful account of military lifestyles that would train readers a lot in regards to the cost and development of the West in a time of fast change.
Lauderdale’s observations are willing and important. He writes approximately fellow officials, his military superiors, the civilians and American Indians he encountered, existence on officials’ row, and the day by day functioning of the military scientific provider. rather necessary are his insights into army interactions with neighborhood groups of Mormons, American Indians, and Hispanos.

Robert M. Utley, previously the executive historian of the nationwide Park carrier, is the writer of seventeen distinctive books at the background of the yank West, so much lately Geronimo.

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