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By Lydia Spencer Lane,Darlis A. Miller

Lydia Spencer Lane's account of her existence as a tender military bride at the early southwestern frontier is either valuable historical past and pleasant observation. As an officer's spouse, Lane left her domestic in Pennsylvania in 1854 to accompany her new husband to his first put up within the West--the encampment at fortress Inge, Texas, then in the course of a yellow-fever epidemic. For the subsequent 16 years, Lane crossed the good Plains through wagon seven occasions, traveled approximately 8,000 miles, raised 3 childrens, and have become acquainted with excursions of responsibility that required the relatives to maneuver at the very least each six months to another set of army forts, frontier garrisons, and trailside bivouacs throughout New Mexico and Texas.

First released in 1893 and unavailable for almost a decade, Lane's narrative manifests a dry wit that lends humor to occasions that variety from the uncomfortable to the terrifying. via her eyes we see the close-knit social lifetime of a military put up, the western frontier's divided reaction to the yank Civil battle (including the accomplice invasion of the Mesilla Valley), and the cultures and peoples of the West. As Darlis Miller makes transparent in her creation, Lane's braveness, her humorousness, her powers of commentary, and her visible love for the western panorama make her an unforgettable narrator, a worthy historian, and a daring exemplar of energy lower than pressure.

Darlis A. Miller is professor emerita of heritage at New Mexico country collage, Las Cruces.

"The book's worth rests . . . on its quite infrequent insights into the pre-Civil battle years within the Southwest. . . . This booklet will attract common readers and scholars of nineteenth-century and western army historical past . . . ." -- army historical past

"Lydia Spencer Lane . . . wrote approximately her stories in a delightfully effortless demeanour. Her memoirs are friendly studying, filled with wit, and vividly descriptive of either her internal lifestyles and her actual atmosphere. . . . I Married a Soldier is a useful testomony to lifestyles within the southwestern military . . . . however it is additionally meritorious simply because Lane used to be a grand writer." -- Civil battle publication overview

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