Life of the Enlisted Soldier on the Western Frontier, 1815-1845 Page: IV
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infractions of rules. The punishments continued to be as
excessively severe by the end of the period as they had been
in 1815. As a result of the harshness and cruelty of
punishments, and a lack of promotion possibilities, many
soldiers deserted. Recruiters continually expressed dis-
pleasure that they were unable to attract qualified men into
the enlisted ranks. With hindsight, an observer can see
readily that while officers accepted changes, they failed
to understand that the men they commanded were reluctant
to defer and subordinate their personalities and desires
for advancement in a system that thrived on oppression.
The vast majority of the materials researched in this
study were found in the North Texas State University Library,
the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the state
historical society libraries of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa,
and Missouri. While the personal and family papers of
several early pioneers aiid army officers at these points of
collection afforded significant bits of information about
enlisted personnel, official records and newspapers proved
most useful. Of the government documents, unit orderly
books and expedition journals contained vast amounts of
information about army life in general. In addition to the
Niles' Register and the Army and Navy Chronicle, several
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Graham, Stanley Silton, 1927-. Life of the Enlisted Soldier on the Western Frontier, 1815-1845, dissertation, August 1972; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc278351/m1/4/: accessed January 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .