The U.S. Army in Frontier Montana

by Ronald V. Rockwell

published by Ronald V. Rockwell

produced by Sweetgrass Books

  • This history of the U.S. Army in early Montana includes early explorations and surveys; efforts to secure the Bozeman Trail; the establishment of Fort Shaw, Fort Ellis, and the stationing of troops at Fort Benton (1867); and the subsequent establishment of Camp Baker (1870) and Fort Missoula (1877). The book also details life at the posts. A thorough description (including the rationale and consequences) of the Piegan (1870), Sioux of Northern Cheyenne (1876-1881), and Nez Perce (1877) campaigns is also featured.

504 pages, 6 x 9, 34 b/w photos, 10 map(s), index, appendix, 24 softcovers per case, perfect-bound

ISBN 10: 1-59152-065-7
ISBN 13: 978-1-59152-065-8

November 2009

  • offers a thorough discussion of the rationale, conduct, and aftermath of all U.S. Army campaigns in frontier Montana.
  • features thoroughly documented military history, utilizing records from the National Archives
  • includes first person accounts from army officers, enlisted men, and army scouts as well as officials of the Office of Indian Affairs.





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Ronald Rockwell was raised on a farm near Fort Shaw, Montana. He attended the University of Montana, the University of Heidelberg (Germany), and Middlebury College Graduate School. During his college years he was employed for four fire seasons as a smokejumper in Montana and Alaska. Rockwell served with USAID in South Vietnam. After returning to the U.S., he taught in public school and college for five years. In 1974 he was hired as a special agent for the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). He retired in 1994 and now resides in Virginia City, MT.

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