A Typical Trooper accompanies Major G.W. Baird’s spirited account of General Miles’ command in various Indian campaigns from 1874-1890. What is interesting is that, on reading the essay, one gathers that the trooper’s life–and dress–were rarely, if ever, typical. From the drought of the plains in western Kansas, to the battles with Crazy Horse through a Montana winter, to the desert heat of Arizona and northern Mexico in pursuit of Geronimo, troopers marched in their underwear or in thick furs. Baird recounts the conflict between cultures with an evenhandedness that is rare for its time, giving voice to the justice of Native resistance and scorning the mistreatment of Indians by whites. He finds much to admire in the Native American way of war–and of life–even as he sees their subjugation to “civilization” as inevitable. Baird singles out Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce for particular praise. A Typical Trooper is Remington’s everyday U.S. Army hero, the bold, brave soldier who does his duty with attitude, here depicted in the pugnaciously jutted chin, magnificent whiskers, and jaunty stance.
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