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Fort Robinson and the American West, 1874-1899

Fort Robinson, 1878
Fort Robinson as it appeared when it became a permanent military post late in 1878 (Nebraska State Historical Society RG1517:15-2)

Chief Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, and Dull Knife's Cheyennes were remembered during the spring of 1999 when Fort Robinson, one of the most important--and colorful--military posts of the Indian wars, celebrated its 1874 founding. All of them lived at the Nebraska landmark, and their lives--and the deaths of some of them--are recounted in this new book.

The Nebraska State Historical Society is pleased to present Fort Robinson and the American West, 1874-1899, by Thomas R. Buecker in time for the fort's 125th anniversary celebration. The author, curator of the Society's Fort Robinson Museum, Crawford, Nebraska, has researched the fort's history for fifteen years. His in-depth investigations, many of them done at the National Archives in Washington D.C., have brought to light new facts about the old cavalry post. The result is the first of a projected two-volume history.

Notwithstanding Fort Robinson's important role in opening the West to settlement, no comprehensive history has previously been written. According to Buecker, "The time has come--125 years after its founding--to give Fort Robinson proper due for its role in the Western experience and America's military past."

Buecker had a wealth of information from which to draw, including many photographs that accompany his text. Chapters shed light on such topics as Fort Robinson's first days, Crazy Horse's last days, the Cheyenne Outbreak of 1879, and the African American "buffalo soldiers" who protected the fort for many of its turbulent years.

Funding for the printing of Fort Robinson and the American West, 1874-1899, came from the Ronald K. and Judith M. Stolz Parks Publishing Fund established at the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation.

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