This unprecedented compilation provides the fullest examination anywhere available of the crucial social-political and strategic and policy-level issues of American military history between the Revolution and the Civil War: civil-military relations and the military‘s place in American society and politics; westward expansion and the diverse peacetime missions assigned the military, especially constabulary missions and operations; force structure, mobilization and the formation of military strategy in support of national objectives; and military preparedness, administration, reform and professionalization. The introduction links all of these issues, pointing to the increasing scale, scope and organization and the growing dominance of national forces in American military institutions and operations during this important period.
Contents: Introduction. Part I General: The United States army and the institution of slavery in Louisiana, 1803-35, Tommy R. Young II. Part II 1784-1815: The role of the army in western settlement: Josiah Harmar's command, 1785-90, Alan S. Brown; General Charles Scott, the Kentucky Mounted Volunteers, and the Northwest Indian Wars, 1784-94, Paul David Nelson; General Josiah Harmar's campaign reconsidered: how the Americans lost the Battle of Kekionga, Michael S. Warner; General Wilkinson's vendetta with General Wayne: politics and command in the American Army, 1791-96, Richard H. Kohn; Jefferson, Meriweather Lewis, and the reduction of the United States Army, Donald D. Jackson; The antinavalists: the opponents of naval expansion in the early national period, Craig L. Symonds; James Madison and the coercion of Great Britain, Canada, the West Indies, and the War of 1812, J.C.A. Stagg; The fog and friction of Frontier War: the role of logistics in American offensive failure during the War of 1812, Jeffrey Kimball; High army leadership in the era of the War of 1812: the making and remaking of the Officer Corps, William B. Skelton. Part III 1815-1846: 'Nature unsubdued': diplomacy, expansion and the American military buildup of 1815-16, Michael S. Fitzgerald; Calhoun's expansible army: the history of a military idea, Roger J. Spiller; The army and the Indians, 1800-30 - a reappraisal: the Missouri Valley example, Roger L. Nichols; The 'Foxardo affair' revisited: porter, pirates and the problem of civilian authority in the Early Republic, Michael Birkner; Negroes and the second Seminole War, 1835-42, Kenneth Wiggens Porter; 'Some prefer the Seminoles': violence and disorder among soldiers and settlers in the second Seminole War, 1835-42, James M. Denham; General John E. Wool in Cherokee Country, 1836-37: a reinterpretation, Lawrence M. Hauptman; The origins of the Fr nt expeditions: John J. Abert and the scientific exploration of the Trans-Miss