Boys' Book of Border Battles - Edwin Sabin
This is the final book in the Frontier Fighter series from Edwin Sabin that covers many of the battles in American history fought on the frontiers and borders of the expanding American nation. His other two books cover many of the wars with Eastern and Western Indian tribes. The final books contains a few pre-revolutionary wars with Indians, but is mostly dedicated to the Spanish-American War in the South and the Sioux War on the northern plains.
MESSAGES FROM THE ENEMY.
Come Peace, not like a mourner bowed
For honor lost and dear ones wasted,
But proud, to meet a people proud,
With eyes that tell of triumph tasted.
Come while our Country feels the lift
Of a great instinct shouting Forwards,
And knows that Freedom's not a gift
That tarries long in hands of cowards.
JAMES RUSSEL LOWELL.
In In the United States of North America there have been several great battle-fields, each much larger than the battle-field of France. The first was that of the Ohio River country—the Valley of the Beautiful River which drains Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, and western Pennsylvania. Another, yet larger, was that of the plains and mountains West, extending from Mexico to California, and from the Mississippi to the Rockies.
In the Ohio Valley the Shawnees, the Miamis, teh War Delawares, the Mingo Iroquois, the Wyandots fought hard to keep the white man out. In the Far West and Southwest the Blackfeet, the Sioux, the Cheyennes, the Kiowas, the Comanches, and teh Apaches fought equally hard for the same purpose. Boys' Book of Indian Warriors and Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters have told of these and other combats when the red Americans tried to stand off the white Americans.
But both battle-fields saw wars of white and white as well as wars of white and red. In the Ohio Valley, the American colonists helped their mother country, England, against the French—and the French lost that region. And in the Southwest the United States fought Mexico.
Boys' Book of Border Battles is therefore white and red. The two other books described mainly the adventures of chiefs, warriors, pioneers and scouts. This third book is more an American soldier book, of organized fighting on American soil by militia, volunteers, and the regulars of the "old army"—the army in blue instead of khaki and olive drab, which bore the flag from east to west, and broadened the trails of peace.