History ETDs

Author

David Pafford

Publication Date

9-3-2010

Abstract

In the fall of 1864, Brigadier General James H. Carleton sent Kit Carson and about four hundred men on a punitive campaign against the Kiowa and Comanche Indians of the high plains. The resulting battle was one of the largest in the history of North American Indian Wars. Yet this conflict has been relegated to historical obscurity. In this paper, I examine why Kit Carson's 1864 Adobe Walls Campaign is forgotten, I measure the success of the mission, and place it in the larger context of nineteenth century Indian Wars, particularly those prosecuted against plains tribes.

Level of Degree

Masters

Degree Name

History

Department Name

History

First Advisor

Hutton, Paul

First Committee Member (Chair)

Ball, Durwood

Second Committee Member

Connell-Szasz, Margaret

Third Committee Member

None

Language

English

Document Type

Thesis

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