Frontier Skills: The Tactics and Weapons that Won the American West

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When President Jefferson ordered a mission of exploration westward from St. Louis, Missouri, he inspired the emergence of a nation in a momentous century of migration and settlement. Explorers and hunters, settlers and opportunists, lawless and law-abiding alike joined the spread into the new American frontier. This book examines the fighting and survival skills and weaponry of the people who ventured into this dangerous and mostly unknown country. Frontier communities faced both internal and external threats. Hostile Native Americans engaged the white settlers in a series of battles. The frontiersmen and the Army became seasoned hunters and fighters in the campaign to feed and safeguard their communities. Meanwhile, the frontier also faced robberies and violence from criminals drawn to the riches of the West. Law enforcement became a central feature of the frontier, and those responsible for safeguarding life, liberty, and property came up against a series of notorious criminals.
This book also covers frontier weaponry in detail. During the settling of the West there were great advances in weapons technology, particularly in the development of repeating handguns and rifles, of which the Colt .45 and the Winchester '73 are the most famous. These and many other weapons, including cowboys' carbines; buffalo hunters' big-bore weapons; pistols and revolvers; and even tiny derringers are described in detail in this marvelous book, illustrated with stunning full-color photographs.

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When in the early 1800s U.S. President Thomas Jefferson ordered a mission of exploration westward from St. Louis, Missouri, he inspired the emergence of a nation in a momentous century of migration and settlement. Thousands of explorers and hunters, settlers and opportunists, lawless and law-abiding eventually became millions joining the spread into the new territories of the American frontier.
They faced incredible hardships and had to overcome fearsome dangers from the elements, wild beasts, and hostile humans. They learned from their predecessors, the Native Americans, and brought with them their own skills for survival, the basic attributes that had always been essential through the whole history of human experience; endurance, strength, ingenuity, cooperation, and simple unwillingness to give up.
This fascinating volume, superbly illustrated with specially commissioned photographs of artifacts, artworks and contemporary images, is an examination of the trials and tribulations of those stalwart people who craved or were sometimes desperate for a new life in the West. It is a tribute to all those, regardless of race, color or creed, who did survive that epic century.

About the Author:

WILLIAM C. DAVIS has written more than thirty books on American history, particularly of the Civil War period, including Civil War Weapons and Equipment (page 81) and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Civil War (page 128). He has acted as consultant and advisor to the Eastern National Parks & Monuments Association, the U.S. Intelligence Historical Society, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He is Professor of History and Director of Programs for the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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