Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. vii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-xi

In March 1994 James M. McPherson came to town. The Pulitzer-Prizewinning historian and author of the grand Civil War narrative, Battle Cry of Freedom spoke one evening to a rapt Lincoln, Nebraska, audience of academics, history buffs, and students. The subject of Dr. McPherson's lecture was...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xiv

This volume could not have been produced without the resources of many splendid libraries, archives, and other repositories of historical records. These institutions, however splendid, cannot stand alone. The people staffing such organizations make all the difference to the researcher...

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Editior’s Notes

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pp. xv-xvi

The journals and correspondence of John Vance Lauderdale are preserved in the Western Americana Collection of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. The collection totals twenty one boxes of material, covering the period...

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Chapter One: Background

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pp. 1-42

The world of John Vance Lauderdale was that of an anny doctor during the last third of the nineteenth century. During his career, he witnessed significant changes in medical practices and anny life. He also provided to posterity a view of the daily life in the American West through the writings...

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Chapter Two: The Letters

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pp. 43-149

Dear Joe, Reached Syracuse and found Central Train 40 minutes late. Took sleeper for Chicago. Felt tired and sleepy, went to my berth early. Slept some, but would have preferred my little bed at Ft O[ntario]. Reached Detroit at 8 A.M. Good breakfast feel better for it. Papers contain...

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Chapter Three: After Pine Ridge

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pp. 151-156

Dr. Lauderdale departed Pine Ridge on 2 March 1891, arriving home on 5 March. With the exception of his being snowbound for twelve hours, his journey was uneventful. The remainder of his tour at Fort Ontario proved equally uneventful, his duties those of an army post doctor. Excluding the ongoing...

Notes

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pp. 157-169

Bibliography

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pp. 171-175

Index

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pp. 177-184