The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 41, July 1937 - April, 1938

Book Reviews

primarily interested in kinship, they offer a great deal of historical
and cultural data in regard to the American Indian.
The University of Texas.
Military Posts and Camps in Oklahoma. By William Brown
Morrison. (Oklahoma City: Harlow Publishing Corpora-
tion, 1936. Pp. vii, 180. Illustrations, bibliography. $2.50.)
Students of the frontier recognize that difficulties with the
Indians and protection by military forces went hand in hand with
the settlement of the country. Only recently, however, has there
been any attempt made to study the military policy of the United
States in its relation to Indian policy, settlement, and frontier
economics. As a result of the policy of the United States in con-
solidating the Indian tribes in the Indian Territory, many military
establishments were necessary both for the protection of the white
and red men of the area and to preserve order. Dr. Morrison has
in this book presented in a very interesting fashion the part they
played in the history of Oklahoma. He has located and paid some
attention to detailed history of twenty or more military posts and
camps, many of which are now in ruins.
It is possible to approach a problem like the one presented in
this study from either the national or local point of view. The
latter has been used by the author of Military Posts and Camps in
Oklahoma. Though Oklahoma as a converging point of white set-
tlements was a part of the Indian-military frontier for many years,
an interest in the history of the Southwest is not necessary for
the thorough enjoyment of this book. The subject has been ap-
proached with freshness and vigor, and a real first-hand knowledge
of Indian life is displayed throughout the study. An interesting
feature is the treatment of the relation of the missionaries to the
military posts. The development of Fort Coffee Academy, at old
Fort Coffee, and the development of Prairie Grove Mission near
Fort Washita, coupled with an account of the work of the saintly
Cyrus Byington at Fort Towson are given to show this connection.
Military Posts and Camps in Oklahoma gives a good account
of frontier life in Oklahoma as well as an account of the daily life


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