Guess since I started this group, I should kick it off.
Just finished this book.
It was written by Jerely Agnew
Published by Mountain Press Publishing Company
This book covers the life, duties, and equipment used by soldiers in the major western Army posts from just after the Civil War up until the turn of the century.
There is some repetition, repeating of some of the data, but overall a pretty good account.
The only major problem I see in the book is the beginning, where the author attempts to cover the reasons behind the Indian wars, with simply explantions to what was a complicated issue.
An interesting tidbit; soldiers at the western forts were far more likly to die from disease or accident that by indian fighting.
From the back cover:
"they had to endure a life of tedious drills, bad meals, uncomfortable quarters, and ill fitting uniforms,, working hard seven days a week in all kinds of weather, soldiers frequently found themselves lonely and bored, with little opportunity for advancement but many ways to be punished,,,, all for $13 a month"
Overall, worth the read.