Indian War Veterans

Memories of Army Life and Campaigns in the West, 1864-1898

Jerome A. Greene

Date Published :
January 2012
Publisher :
Savas Beatie
Illustration :
48 photos, plus full-color photo galley of medals, ribbons, and other memorabilia, and 2 maps
No associated books available.


Indian War Veterans: Memories of Army Life and Campaigns in the West, 1864-1898 presents the first comprehensive collection of veteran (primarily former enlisted soldiers’) reminiscences. The vast majority of these writings have never before seen wide circulation.

Now in paperback, Indian War Veterans addresses soldiers’ experiences throughout the area of the trans-Mississippi West. As readers will quickly discover, the depth and breadth of coverage is truly monumental. Topics include recollections of fighting with Custer and mutilating the dead at Little Bighorn, the Fetterman fight, the Yellowstone Expedition of 1873, battles at Powder River and Rosebud Creek, fighting Crazy Horse at Wolf Mountains, Geronimo and the Apache wars, the Ute and Modoc wars, Wounded Knee, and much more. The remembrances also include selections as diverse as “Christmas at Fort Robinson,” “Service with the Eighteenth Kansas Volunteer Cavalry,” and “Chasing the Apache Kid.”

These carefully drawn recollections come from a wide array of sources, including manuscript and private collections, veterans’ scrapbooks, obscure newspapers, and private veterans’ statements. A special introductory essay about Indian war veterans contains new material about their post-service organizations all the way into the 1960s.

Complementing the riveting entries are dozens of previously unpublished photographs. Readers will also find a gallery of never-before-seen full-color plates displaying a wide variety of Indian war veterans’ badges, medals, and associated materials.

No other book discusses the post-army lives of these men or presents their recollections of army life as thoroughly as Jerome Greene’s Indian War Veterans. This groundbreaking study will appeal to lay readers, historians, site visitors, and interpreters, Civil War and Indian wars enthusiasts, collectors, museum curators, and archeologists.

About The Author

Jerome A. Greene is a retired historian with the National Park Service. He is the author or editor of many books, including Lakota and Cheyenne: Indian Views of the Great Sioux War, 1876-1877, Morning Star Dawn: The Powder River Expedition and the Northern Cheyennes, 1876, and his most recent effort, Washita: The U.S. Army and the Southern Cheyennes, 1867-1869.


"A groundbreaking study that will appeal to those interested in the Plains Indian wars, the history of the central and western plains, and late nineteenth century America. It is a superb piece of scholarship and writing."

- Kansas History

"A treasure-trove of original sources on the Indian wars, an essential addition to every library on the subject."

- Paul A. Hutton, University of New Mexico, and the author of Phil Sheridan and His Army and The Custer Reader

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