This unprecedented compilation provides the fullest examination anywhere available of the crucial social-political and strategic and policy-level issues of American military history between the Revolution and the Civil War: civil-military relations and the military‘s place in American society and politics; westward expansion and the diverse peacetime missions assigned the military, especially constabulary missions and operations; force structure, mobilization and the formation of military strategy in support of national objectives; and military preparedness, administration, reform and professionalization. The introduction links all of these issues, pointing to the increasing scale, scope and organization and the growing dominance of national forces in American military institutions and operations during this important period.

part I|24 pages


part II|178 pages


chapter 7|7 pages

The Antinavalists

The Opponents of Naval Expansion in the Early National Period
ByCraig Symonds

part III|333 pages


chapter 12|15 pages

Calhoun’s Expansible Army: The History of a Military Idea

ByRoger J. Spiller

chapter 15|24 pages

Negroes and the Seminole War, 1835–1842

ByKenneth Wiggins Porter

chapter 17|26 pages

General John E. Wool in Cherokee Country, 1836–1837: A Reinterpretation

ByLaurence M. Hauptman

chapter 19|12 pages

Army Officers’ Attitudes Toward Indians 1830–1860

ByWilliam B. Skelton

chapter 20|27 pages

Officers and Politicians

The Origins of Army Politics in the United States before the Civil War
ByWilliam B. Skelton

part IV|91 pages


chapter 26|23 pages

Filibusters and Regular Troops in San Francisco, 1851–1855

ByDurwood Ball

chapter 28|8 pages

The Velvet Glove

The Army during the Secession Crisis in California, 1860–1861
ByRobert J. Chandler