The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964

Book Reviews

faith; "monkey drill" for those despicable mounted calisthenics
to .which all riders were subjected; and "wind jammer" for
the bugler.
Feminine readers will especially enjoy the chapter on those
"Brass Button Homes"-the frontier outposts. The author writes
about those awful places mostly through the eyes of soldiers'
wives, who unanimously agreed on one thing: that in selecting
these outposts the War Department "displayed an unerring
genius for finding spots notable for bad weather, deep dust,
endless winds, impossible temperatures and enough bugs and
reptiles to delight the Smithsonian Institution."
After a quick look at cavalry carbines and saddles, at wagons and
pack mules, the author ends his scenario with the Plains Cavalry
riding away into a color-splashed sunset. Since he so successfully
extends the romanticism of the Old West, his book should prove
a windfall for T.V. producers and movie writers.
Soldier and Brave: Indian and Military Affairs in the Trans-
Mississippi West, Including a Guide to Historic Sites and
Landmarks. National Park Service, with an Introduction by
Ray Allen Billington. New York (Harper and Row), 1963.
Pp. xviii+279. Illustrations, maps, index. $6.50.
The conflict between Indian and Anglo-American, tragic in
many of its ramifications, nevertheless produced some of the
most dramatic and exciting chapters in American history. The
story of this conflict, particularly in the Trans-Mississippi West,
has become a virtual national obsession through intensive itera-
tion in literature and communications media. Basic facts of the
conflict, however, often have been obscured by novelists, screen
writers, and, alas, historians.
Fortunately, the subject has been approached in its entirety
by the National Park Service in Soldier and Brave, a superbly
written and utterly unbiased account, authentically conceived
and reliably documented. Such an outstanding work is not un-
usual for the National Park Service, which has achieved the
highest degree of excellence in its publications program.
The true genius of Soldier and Brave, however, lies not only
in its discerning portrayal of Indian difficulties in the Trans-


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