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Review: Civil battle Quarterly is the intriguing new journal devoted to chronicling the main tragic and turbulent struggle in American heritage - the Civil struggle.
Civil struggle Quarterly bargains new views at the well-known battles, leaders, and guns of the warfare, whereas additionally chronicling the whole diversity of social, political and fiscal elements surrounding the clash.

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At last, on December 15, the regiment crossed into Texas and marched to Fort Belknap above the Brazos River. Once there, the column split into two wings. Hardee took four companies up the Clear Fork of the Brazos to build an advance camp and watch over the nearby Comanche reservation. The rest proceeded to Fort Mason on the Llanos River, 170 miles away, completing the 750-mile trek on January 14, 1856. Q-Spr16 1 and 2 Cavalry_Layout 1 1/14/16 12:17 PM Page 39 As soon as weather permitted, Johnston sent the entire regiment into the field to conduct daily scouting patrols of the area.

The 710man column rode diagonally across Missouri, through northwest Arkansas and the Indian Territory of Oklahoma, making a mere 10 to 20 miles a day. Wives, children, slaves, and servants accompanying the caravan slowed it down. Constant rain and a year-long infestation of grasshoppers that had stripped the prairie of vegetation made travel across the forbidding landscape even more difficult. The weather soon turned cold, and early blizzards and sub-zero temperatures struck the columns. On some days the weather was so bad that the regiment had to remain in camp.

Standing orders were to attack all Indians on sight, but since Hood had also received word that friendly Indians were moving through the area at this time, he decided to get a closer look. When he and his troopers got within 30 paces of the Indians, the waiting Comanche threw down the white flag, set fire to a pile of leaves to spook the soldiers’ horses, and began firing into their ranks while another 30 Indians swooped down on Hood’s flank. Comanche women followed the warriors, reloading their rifles for them and urging them on in combat with shrill ululations.

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