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Author Mullis, Tony R., 1959-

Title Peacekeeping on the Plains : Army operations in bleeding Kansas / Tony R. Mullis
Published Columbia : University of Missouri Press, [2004]
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 278 pages) : illustrations
Series Shades of blue and gray series
Shades of blue and gray series.
Contents Great expectations, limited resources -- Violent means and political ends: expansion and slavery collide in Kansas, 1854-1856 -- Peace enforcement: the Sioux Expedition of 1855 -- Peacemaking: Harney and the peace of Fort Pierre -- Conflicting interests: peace, land, and speculation in territorial Kansas, 1854-1856 -- Peacekeeping and command, control, communications, and information during Bleeding Kansas -- The guns of August: Kansas on the precipice of Civil War -- Applying the tourniquet of peace: John Geary, the Army, and the election of 1856
Summary "Historians have written on "Bleeding Kansas" and on the frontier army as a constabulary force, but little scholarship exists on how the army performed its peacekeeping operations in the 1850s. In Peacekeeping on the Plains, Tony R. Mullis is one of the first scholars to detail the military concerns associated with peace enforcement in Kansas and the trans-Missouri West." "Between 1854 and 1856, the Franklin Pierce administration called upon the U.S. Army to conduct a series of peace operations in the newly formed Kansas and Nebraska territories. The army responded to the president's call by successfully completing a mission against the Lakota Sioux in 1855 and by aiding civil authorities in the imposition of peace among competing factions in Kansas during 1856." "Although these police duties were not always popular with the soldiers that conducted them, the purpose behind them remained constant - the maintenance of peace, order, and security. Given Americans' misgivings about a standing army and their limited expectations for it as a domestic peacekeeper, its use in this fashion during the 1850s was a delicate proposition." "By drawing on diverse sources, including official army correspondence, personal papers of key military and political leaders, and local accounts of army activities, Mullis shows how peace operations were conducted by the U.S. Army long before the second half of the twentieth century. He also presents a thorough analysis of the professional dilemmas confronted by army officers, as well as the delicate command and control issues associated with the different types of peace operations." "Mullis's assessment of the army's peacekeeping efforts in the mid-1850s offers a full understanding of the constraints and frustrations involved. Many of the dilemmas faced by the army in Kansas parallel those encountered in various spots around the globe today
Operations in the 1850s and assist military historians in their understanding of these activities as they relate to the twenty-first century." --Book Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-272) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject United States. Army -- History -- 19th century.
Indians of North America -- Government relations -- 1789-1869.
Indians of North America -- Kansas -- History -- 19th century.
Peacekeeping forces -- Kansas -- History -- 19th century.
Slavery -- Political aspects -- Kansas -- History -- 19th century.
Violence -- Kansas -- History -- 19th century.
Kansas -- History -- 1854-1861.
Kansas -- History, Military -- 19th century.
Kansas -- Race relations.
Genre/Form History.
Military history.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2004004955
ISBN 0826215351 (alk. paper)
0826262554 (electronic bk.)
9780826215352 (alk. paper)
9780826262554 (electronic bk.)