The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

longer and more sustained periods of field duty. Despite this frustrat-
ing treatment, colored troopers performed their duties with courage
and effectiveness-and served their hitches with a considerably lower
desertion rate than that of their white counterparts in the highly-
regarded Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh regiments!
Moreover, the study shows that the contributions of the "buffalo
soldiers" of the Ninth and Tenth were significant in scope. Leckie
chronicles their participation in all key areas of the pacification of the
frontier. They arrested the Kiowa leaders in the Warren Wagon Train
Massacre; they rode to the support of the buffalo hunters at Adobe
Walls; they were in the fight at the Cheyenne Agency and assisted in
the roundup of the Sioux after the slaughter at Wounded Knee; they
ejected "Sooners" from Oklahoma Territory and policed Lincoln Coun-
ty after the "War." Probably their most significant contribution, how-
ever, is found in their series of incredibly wearing marches and
countermarches against the Apaches, deployments that were instru-
mental in pushing Victorio to his defeat in Mexico and forcing the
final surrender of Geronimo and Mangas.
Dean Leckie's work is carefully researched, well-written, and re-
duces measurably another neglected area of western history.
Texas A & M University FLOYD F. EWING
Grenville M. Dodge, Soldier, Politician, Railroad Pioneer. By Stanley
P. Hirshon. Bloomington (Indiana University Press), 1966. Pp.
334. Bibliography, illustrations, footnotes, index. $lo.oo.
Born in 1831, Grenville Dodge lived to become the last surviving
Union general. He was educated in engineering at Norwich University,
graduating in 1851. Soon after, his surveying for the Mississippi and
Missouri railroad brought him to Council Bluffs where he made his
home. The Civil War drew Dodge from the West and into the Union
army as a colonel. After displaying able leadership at Pea Ridge and
following much self-promotion, Dodge was named a brigadier general.
Besides rebuilding railroads and bridges, Dodge actively participated
in campaigns in Tennessee under Grant and later, in the road to
Atlanta movement, with Sherman. By further promotion on his
part, Dodge obtained a major generalship. It was during the Atlanta
campaign that Dodge, while looking through a peep-hole on his front
lines, was struck by a Minie ball which peeled his scalp and caused


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