A gritty sense of the life of soldiers on horseback beyond the frontier. "Fear, fatigue, poor rations and little appreciation from his countrymen." It begins with the story of Major George Forsyth's efforts against the Indians. It ends, in essence, with George Custer's at the Little Bighorn." General Phil Sheridan's efforts to bring "peace" to the West. The forts, of varying quality. ". . .some were the epitome of ramshackle misery and others approached opulence." Blizzards, heat, often frustrating marches for days on end with nothing to show for it. Color and black and white illustrations.