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Title Battlespace 1865 : archaeology of the landscapes, strategies, and tactics of the North Platte Campaign, Nebraska / by Douglas D. Scott, Peter Bleed and Amanda Renner.
Imprint Oxford ; Havertown, PA : American Landscapes, an imprint of Oxbow Books, 2016.


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Description 1 online resource (viii, 128 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
Series American landscapes
American Landscapes (Series)
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 118-119) and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
Print version record.
Subject United States. Army -- History -- 19th century.
United States. Army.
Military archaeology -- Nebraska.
Indians of North America -- Wars -- 1862-1865.
Landscape archaeology -- Nebraska.
Genre Electronic book.
Electronic books.
Contents Landscapes and dynamics of the Platte Valley in 1864 and 1865 -- Conceptual tools for the consideration of conflicted landscapes -- Levels of war and battlespace in the North Platte Valley, 1865 -- Conflict begins -- the battle of Mud Springs -- The archaeology of the Mud Springs battle -- The road to Rush Creek -- The forces collide at Rush Creek -- Firing line landscapes: archaeology of the Rush Creek battle -- Fighting on the North Platte as military operations.
Summary "For a period of about one week in February 1865, as the Civil War was winding down and Plains Indian communities were reeling in the wake of the Sand Creek massacre, combat swept across the Nebraska panhandle, especially along the Platte River. The fighting that marked this event barely compares to the massive campaigns and terrible carnage taking place in the eastern states but it was a significant event at the opening of the ensuing Indian Wars. Operating on terrain they knew well, Cheyenne warriors and other Native forces encountered the US Cavalry who operated within a modern network of long-distance migration and pony express trails and military stations. The North Platte Campagin offers a good basis for the application of landscape approaches to conflict archaeology if only because of its scale. The fighting is both easily approached and fascinatingly encompassed. There were probably far fewer than 1000 fighters involved in those skirmishes, but before, after, and between them, they involved substantial movements of people and of equipment that was similar to the arms and gear in service to other Civil War era combatants. They also seem to have used approaches that were typical of America's western warfare. Like many modern conflicts of interest, the North Platte fights were between culturally different opponents. Archaeological consideration of battlefields such as Rush Creek and Mud Springs, bases, and landscapes associated with this fighting expose how the combat developed and how the opposing forces dealt with the challenges they encountered. Battlespace 1865 draws on techniques of battlefield archaeology, focusing on the concept of 'battlespace' and the recovery, distribution, and analysis of artifacts and weaponry, as well as historical accounts of the participants, LiDAR-informed terrain assessment, and consideration of the strategic thinking of the combatants. It applies landscape approach to the archaeological study of war and reveals an overlooked phase of the American Civil War and opening of the Indian Wars"--Back cover.
Other Author Bleed, Peter, author.
Renner, Amanda, author.
Other Title Print version: Scott, Douglas D. Battlespace 1865. Oxford ; Havertown, PA : American Landscapes, an imprint of Oxbow Books, 2016 1785703390
Other Title Archaeology of the landscapes, strategies, and tactics of the North Platte Campaign, Nebraska