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Encyclopedia of Indian Wars: Western Battles and Skirmishes 1850-1890 Hardcover – August 10, 2003
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About the Author
A member of the Western History Association, Order of the Indian Wars, Little Big Horn Associates, and several other organizations, Michno holds a master's degree in history from the University of Northern Colorado. He lives with his wife, Susan Michno, in Longmont, Colorado.
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The book is organized in an easy but efficient way for the reader. The battles are first listed by year followed in order by date. Page 362 has a great graph that shows the years followed by how many battles occurred in each year.
Then, the reader comes to Appendix: Data and Commentary where the author provides tables of statistics that focus on everything from which tribes had the most battles to states ranked by number of battles with total white and Indian casualties.
But, forget all that - this book is worth it alone just for the maps with a legend key to every battle, location and date.
This is a book every Indian war enthusiast will want.
The bulk of the book (345 out of 438 numbered 5x9" pages) consists of brief descriptions of 840 major and minor battles and "firefights" that occurred in twenty Midwestern and Western states/territories and adjoining parts of Mexico. The descriptions are arranged chronologically within each year, 1850-1890. Drawing largely on Army after-action reports, Mr. Michno's narratives are heavy on facts for each event: when, where, who, casualty counts and immediate results. By providing the names of many Army officers and NCOs as well as significant members of their Native American opposition it is possible to get a feel for some of the participants' careers over a number of years.
One of the most useful features is a 32-page introductory section of state/territory maps showing the locations, tied to accompanying lists and page references, for every action described in the book. This allows readers to locate all the events in a particular locale regardless of when they took place.
A conclusion and appendix section has several interesting statistical tables summarizing the intensity of the actions in terms of numbers of actions each year, the number of combatants involved and casualties incurred.Read more ›
There are no battle maps. There are only state maps showing the general location of each battle/skirmish. There are also photos thrown in every 3-4 pages usually of the site of one of the fights. That's a nice touch.
And what a deal! A great price for a 400+ page REFERENCE book crammed full of information, 3 indexes, an appendix, and a conclusion complete with tables and charts. Get it.
There is something for everyone here. For example I am relatively unknowledgeable concerning Indian conflicts in California, Oregon and Washington except for the Modoc War in 1873. This volume greatly enhanced my knowledge and pointed the way to future reading. My apologies to the West Coast for overlooking the Indian conflicts there.
The maps in the beginning of the book was interesting and helpful, but their most impressive feature was to demonstrate that Indian conflicts were extremely widespread throughout the West. And as the author notes, his work is only the tip of the iceberg being based primarily on military reports and newspaper accounts. Probably tens of thousands of incidents where stray Indians or small bands were killed, or prospectors, trappers, settlers, emigrants or cowboys were captured or killed went unrecorded. The total human toll will never be known, but the author's appendices are extremely useful.Read more ›
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I ordered the hard cover edition and paid for the hard cover edition; however, the recipient of this gift just notified me that he received the paperback version. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michelle J. Biltcliffe
Absolutely must have reference for IW aficionados. Well researched and full of info.Published 3 months ago by D. Williamson
Greg Michno is is a great researcher and a gifted narrator, a household name in Indian Wars literature. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sven Oliver Roth
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