Forts of the Northern Plains: A Guide to Military and Civilian Posts of the Plains Indian Wars (Paperback)

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Forts of the Northern Plains: A Guide to Military and Civilian Posts of the Plains Indian Wars (Paperback)

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As the first official symbols of U.S. government presence on the western frontier, the forts of the northern plains were both centers of commerce and sources of conflict. The integral roles these forts played during decades of warfare with the Plains Indians tribes—and the fate of the posts after those wars ended—were essential to the expansion of the American West during this traumatic period of history.

In Forts of the Northern Plains Jeff Barnes presents an informative guidebook to the forts of the Indian campaigns of the late nineteenth century. Focusing on sites in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming, Barnes includes the forts’ histories, descriptions of what remains today, directions, nearby points of interest, and visitor information for each post. This new, expanded edition adds a number of federal sites designated as camps and posts, as well as civilian and militia sites that are marked. With new entries, color photographs, and updated information on the forts, as well as a rating system for traveler interests, Barnes provides an up-to-date guide of the historic military posts of the Indian Wars.
 
Jeff Barnes is a writer of the Great Plains and a former newspaper reporter, editor, public relations writer, and director of marketing for the Durham Museum in Omaha. He is the author of The Great Plains Guide to Custer and The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill, among other books. Barnes resides in Omaha.
 
Product Details ISBN: 9781496235053
ISBN-10: 1496235053
Publisher: Bison Books
Publication Date: July 1st, 2024
Pages: 256
Language: English
“Barnes has produced a valuable combination of history and travel guide for all students of the Northern Plains Indian Wars. A very timely, very impressive work.”—Robert M. Utley, author of The Last Sovereigns: Sitting Bull and the Resistance of the Free Lakotas

“Well written and researched, [Forts of the Northern Plains] offers a handy, carefully organized summary of many important military sites in the West.”—Barton H. Barbour, Great Plains Quarterly

“A much-needed, up-to-date guide to the critical forts of the Indian campaigns of the late nineteenth century. This book should be on the shelves of everyone with an interest in the West during this traumatic period of American history.”—Jerome A. Greene, author of Nez Perce Summer, 1877: The U.S. Army and the Nee-Me-Poo Crisis