By: Jeremy Agnew
Their heads filled with images of glory and battle, most young men joined the frontier army only to endure a life of tedious drills, bad meals, uncomfortable quarters, and ill-fitting uniforms. Working hard seven days a week in all kinds of weather, soldiers frequently found themselves lonely and bored, with little opportunity for advancement but many ways to be punished - all for $13 a month.
Focusing on the Indian Wars period of the 1840s through the 1890s, this fascinating study captures the daily challenges faced by the typical enlisted man and explores the role soldiers played in the conquering of the American frontier. Dozens of photos and several maps add to the reader's understanding and enjoyment. More than a convenient reference book, Life of a Solider on the Western Frontier is also a gripping and affecting story.