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Jackson’s Sword: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1810–1821 by Samuel J. Watson, and: Peacekeepers and Conquerors: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1821–1846 by Samuel J. Watson (review)

Jackson’s Sword: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1810–1821 by Samuel J. Watson,... R EVIEWS EDITED BY ANDREW BURSTEIN AND NANCY ISENBERG Jackson's Sword: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1810­1821. By Samuel J. Watson. (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2012. Pp. 460. Cloth, $39.95.) Peacekeepers and Conquerors: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1821­1846. By Samuel J. Watson. (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2013. Pp. 636. Cloth, $49.95.) Reviewed by Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh Historians of the antebellum United States Army have long been aware of Samuel J. Watson's voluminous Rice University dissertation, the origins of both Jackson's Sword and Peacekeepers and Conquerors, for its prodigious archival base and thoroughness. It is thus gratifying to see Watson's scholarship now receive a wider audience with the publication of that work in a magisterial two-volume history of the U.S. Army's officer corps between 1810 and 1846, which now replaces William Skelton's well-regarded study as the standard work on the United States Army in that time period.1 Although the volumes are published separately, readers should see them as a single unified work, and only then can readers fully comprehend Watson's historiographical contributions. Furthermore, both volumes refer to each other to such a degree that their division feels unnatural at times--although http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

Jackson’s Sword: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1810–1821 by Samuel J. Watson, and: Peacekeepers and Conquerors: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1821–1846 by Samuel J. Watson (review)

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 34 (2)

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R EVIEWS EDITED BY ANDREW BURSTEIN AND NANCY ISENBERG Jackson's Sword: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1810­1821. By Samuel J. Watson. (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2012. Pp. 460. Cloth, $39.95.) Peacekeepers and Conquerors: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1821­1846. By Samuel J. Watson. (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2013. Pp. 636. Cloth, $49.95.) Reviewed by Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh Historians of the antebellum United States Army have long been aware of Samuel J. Watson's voluminous Rice University dissertation, the origins of both Jackson's Sword and Peacekeepers and Conquerors, for its prodigious archival base and thoroughness. It is thus gratifying to see Watson's scholarship now receive a wider audience with the publication of that work in a magisterial two-volume history of the U.S. Army's officer corps between 1810 and 1846, which now replaces William Skelton's well-regarded study as the standard work on the United States Army in that time period.1 Although the volumes are published separately, readers should see them as a single unified work, and only then can readers fully comprehend Watson's historiographical contributions. Furthermore, both volumes refer to each other to such a degree that their division feels unnatural at times--although

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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

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