Carbine and Lance: The Story of Old Fort Sill by Wilbur Sturtevant Nye

By Wilbur Sturtevant Nye

Fort Sill, situated within the middle of the outdated Kiowa-Comanche Indian kingdom in southwestern Oklahoma, is understood to a latest iteration because the box Artillery college of the USA military. To scholars of yank frontier historical past, it truly is referred to as the point of interest of 1 of the main fascinating, dramatic, and sustained sequence of conflicts within the documents of western warfare.

From 1833 to 1875, in a theater of motion extending from Kansas to Mexico, the strife used to be nearly uninterrupted. The U.S. military, Kansas military, Texas Rangers, and white pioneers and investors have been arrayed opposed to the fierce and heroic bands of the Kiowas, Comanches, Cheyennes, Arapahoes, and Kiowa-Apaches.

The savage skirmishes with the southwestern Indians prior to the Civil conflict supplied many military officials with one of those education that proved necessary to them in that later, lengthy clash. while hostilities ceased, Sherman, Sheridan, keep away from, Custer, Grierson, and different commanders back resumed the tough box of guerrilla conflict opposed to their Indian foes—tough, demanding fighters.

With the inauguration of the so-called Quaker Peace coverage in the course of President Grant’s first management, the fingers of the military have been tied. The citadel Sill reservation grew to become a spot of shelter for the marauding bands that went forth unmolested to raid in Texas, Oklahoma, and Mexico. The toll in human lifestyles reached such proportions that the govt eventually became the southwestern Indians over to the military for self-discipline, and an enduring cost of the bands was once completed via 1875.

From large study, conversations with either Indian and white eyewitnesses, and his familiarity with Indian existence and military affairs, Captain Nye has written an unforgettable account of those stirring occasions. The delineation of personality and the reconstruction of colourful scenes, so frequently absent in historic writing, are to be chanced on the following in abundance. His Indians are made to dwell back: his scenes of put up existence might have been written merely via a military man.

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