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Jeff Davis's Own: Cavalry, Comanches, and the Battle for the Texas Frontier

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I am currently reading Jeff Davis's Own: Cavalry, Comanches, and the Battle for the Texas Frontier by James R. Arnold. Picked it up for a bargain at Half Priced Books. Many of the South's (and North's) best officers came from the Second Cavalry of Texas. A good chunk of the Texas Frontier was abandoned when the US Cavalry withdrew from Texas at the onset of the War, leaving a void, resulting in many farms and ranches being abandoned, due to the ensuing Comanche raids. This book describes the officers that turned from fighting Comanches to in some cases fighting each other.  :icon_cool:

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Re: Jeff Davis's Own: Cavalry, Comanches, and the Battle for the Texas Frontier
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2012, 09:10:47 AM »
This was a pretty okay book for having got it for cheap, but I would not have paid full price for it. It did give me some insights into the earlier lives of many famous US Cavalry officers (Lee, Hood, Van Dorn, Johnston, etc.) and their efforts to secure the Texas frontier for settlers prior to the Civil War.
However, from reviews, it appears that another book, Cry Comanche by Harold B. Simpson may in fact be a better treatment of the subject.
 
 

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Re: Jeff Davis's Own: Cavalry, Comanches, and the Battle for the Texas Frontier
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2012, 10:40:00 AM »
I have found this web site to be a great tool in my quest for ghost of the past, it has caused me to put 5,000 miles on my bike.
http://www.forttours.com/pages/fortscomancheria.asp

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Re: Jeff Davis's Own: Cavalry, Comanches, and the Battle for the Texas Frontier
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2012, 10:49:02 AM »
Question--I've read Empire of the Summer Moon and I have Fehrenbach's book.  Are these the best books about the Comanches or is there another one I should get?  I don't want a "historian" dry book, but somethign readable.

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Re: Jeff Davis's Own: Cavalry, Comanches, and the Battle for the Texas Frontier
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2012, 11:53:37 AM »
Depending on what you are wanting, I found  Carsons the plains indians to be the best I have ever read.
 http://www.amazon.com/Plains-Indians-Russell-Spencer-Southwest/dp/0890968179

But the book covers all of the plains indians and not just Comanche. It mentions all tribes who inhabited the plains, many who worked in concert with comanche, many who pushed them south into Apache territory.

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Offline bbbrain

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Re: Jeff Davis's Own: Cavalry, Comanches, and the Battle for the Texas Frontier
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2012, 07:50:36 PM »
Steelfrog, Empire of the Summer Moon is hard to beat.  You might enjoy Goodbye to a River by John Graves if you haven't read it.

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Re: Jeff Davis's Own: Cavalry, Comanches, and the Battle for the Texas Frontier
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2012, 09:03:20 AM »
Not only have read it but have floated that stretch of the Brazos numerous times, below PK Dam there.

That's one of my all-time favorite books.

 


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