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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

The Evolution of Men and Battle: How the Civil War influenced the Indian Wars in the American West

The American Civil War not only brought about an end to the Confederate States of America, but also allowed for the United States to focus on the continued expansion of settlement westward. This westward expansion brought American settlers in contact with Native American tribes. Hostilities grew and led to the Mid-West Indian Plain Wars. Soldiers and generals who fought in the Civil War were once again called upon to fight the Native American enemy. Those who fought brought a new psychology and style of fighting to the Indian plain wars. Generals used total war and anti-guerilla tactics that they had learned in the Civil War. Their psyche was hardened from the previous bloodshed and so continued their endeavor to destroy all enemies at any cost. Overall, the Civil War greatly affected the Indian Wars in the American west.

Presenter: Cody Luettger (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 127 Hartwell
Time: 1:30 pm (Session III)
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