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blackBlack History month gives us an opportunity to journey back and dwell on the impact of the Black experience on the current-day American experience. The “military experiment” of Blacks serving in the army is one of the better-known historical pivot points.

Warriors is chronologically the third in the five-book Jason Peares historical western series. This is a work of fiction, but the conflict between the (Black) Buffalo Soldiers of the Ninth Cavalry and the Apache warriors in the early 1880s was very real and well documented. This was not just a two-sided conflict, though, because there were political and economic factors regarding the business of war that heavily influenced the continuation and outcome of the conflict.

Jason Peares 3What I’ve tried to capture in this story are the thoughts and feelings of the characters on all sides of the conflict as they live through this adventure, to give you, the reader, a glimpse of what life and war were really like for the Apache warriors and the Buffalo Soldiers during their struggles to fight and survive. The characters are fictional, but they’re based on the journals of military officers and enlisted men who served during the frontier wars, and of politicians who influenced government strategy during that time period, as well as interviews with Apache survivors and offspring who lived and fought during the 1880s.

In honor of Black History Month 2015, Warriors is FREE and Courage, Legacy of an Outlaw, and Manhunter are 99c each on February 27th and 28th.

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Making of “Courage”

Buffalo Soldiers Experiment

Pinkerton Cowboy and Cowgirl Detectives in 1880

 1880s Politics of the Indian Wars

blackDuring Black History month, many folks, including revisionist historians, like to point out little known historical facts that the general populace may not know. For example, a lot of history and western readers know the Pinkertons were also known as cowboy detectives or frontier detectives. But did you know that the Pinkerton National Detective Agency actually hired Black cowboy detectives and cowgirl detectives?
Indeed, they were as well trained as any other, and it is reported that some of the women detectives could handle firearms as well as men and were just as accurate as male sharpshooters.
It’s tough to deliver a historical western that’s true to the genre, but unique enough to capture readers of all ethnicities. Courage is chronologically the first in the five-book Jason Peares historical western series, but I actually wrote it last. I envisioned this story as the “origins” novel—where Jason Peares came from and how he became the outlaw gunfighter he is. At the same time, I wanted to push the boundaries of the traditional western a bit. So in this story, I pitted our hero, a half-black half-white gunfighter, against a very capable and deadly frontier detective…that was a woman!
Jason Peares 1This is a work of fiction, but the origins and expansion of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in the early 1880s is well documented. What I’ve tried to capture in this story are the thoughts and feelings and fears of a wanted man pursued by detectives of a professional man-hunting agency, all the while dreaming of love and family, and of a time and place where he might live free from pursuit.

In honor of Black History Month 2015, Warriors is FREE and Courage, Legacy of an Outlaw, and Manhunter are 99c each on February 27th and 28th.

CLICK HERE to visit a complete listing of Jeffrey Poston’s books on Amazon.

Enjoy the adventure!

Find Jeffrey Poston on Twitter: @booksbyjposton

Google Plus: +Jeffrey Poston

www.facebook.com/JeffreyPostonBooks

Amazon Author Profile: http://amzn.to/1zmHupb

Related posts:

Pinkerton Cowboy and Cowgirl Detectives in 1880

 1880s Politics of the Indian Wars

Diversity on the Old West Frontier

Did you know… The Buffalo Soldiers were borne of an experiment to utilize black soldiers to bolster the Army’s ranks in the aftermath of the Civil War. It has been said that after the fierce Civil War, it was not hard to recruit soldiers, but it was definitely hard to get good ones.

According to published journals and memoirs of army officers, no detachment of Buffalo Soldiers ever bolted under fire or failed to do its duty. Their desertion rate was among the lowest in the entire Army.

The famed group of black troopers of the 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalry regiments protected settlers, pioneers and the interests of the United States as the nation continued its westward expansion in the late 19th century. In 1866, the 9th Cavalry Regiment was formed in Greenville, La. The 10th Cavalry Regiment followed at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Initially, the units, which were led by white officers, trained in squalor. But they quickly proved their mettle, gaining a reputation as some of the toughest and hardest-fighting units in the Army. They did so despite encountering racism from the very people they were charged with protecting.

Various Buffalo Soldier regiments served at Fort Bliss, Texas, and at forts in southern New Mexico from 1869 to 1885. The Buffalo Soldiers were awarded many Medals of Honor for actions during the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection and World War I.

For a very realistic look at frontier life for the Buffalo Soldiers and the native warriors they fought, visit my website to get a FREE pre-release copy of my newest historical western, Warriors, coming in mid-April.

In my next post I’m going to talk about a famous Apache warrior named Nana. He caused all sorts of problems for the US Army. So follow me below on your favorite media for more revisionist history.

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warriors_hi-resIt should not surprise people that the politics of what was known as “The Indian Wars” are not much different from the politics of war today. As I got deeper into historic research for my new historical western, Warriors, coming out in mid-March, I was intrigued by the political maneuvering involved in preventing the wars from ending sooner than they did.

Until I wrote Warriors, like most people, I believed the reason behind the wars was to tame the wild west frontier. In reality, though, the wars were fought to conquer the west. As I read the journals written by high-ranking military campaign officers and of prominent politicians of the era, I learned the US was in a state of perpetual conquest – a land grab, if you will. That was the purpose of the westward expansion, the Louisiana Purchase, the war with Mexico (which brought the southwest states into the US), and the Indian Wars.

But did you know…?

War is, and was, big business. There were many powerful politicians who lobbied against a quick end to the Indian Wars because their wealthiest campaign contributors were making millions by selling supplies, food, and horses to the US Army. Also, huge weapons manufacturers in the east would have gone bankrupt overnight with a premature end to the Wars. In addition, there were hundreds of black soldiers stationed throughout the southwest, and many citizens were afraid that if the wars ended the unemployed black soldiers might settle in their towns.

Why did the government keep taking back the reservations that were promised to the indigenous peoples forever? After the reservations were established, it was discovered that some were established on mineral-rich land. It was far easier and less costly to have the Army take back the land rather than to negotiate with the native people for the land’s fair value.

I portray all these themes from both sides in my new action-packed historical western, Warriors, which pits the famous Buffalo Soldiers of the Ninth Cavalry against the fierce and proud Apache Warriors.

In my next posts I’m going to talk about the origins of the famous Ninth Cavalry and the Native leader whose name the army thought no one would ever remember. So follow me below on your favorite media for more revisionist history.

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courage_hi_resIn my last blog post, I mentioned that revisionist historians report that as many as one in four cowboys was black. Some estimates go as high as one in three and this is from new research since about the year 2000 into actual US Census data from that era.

This should not be a surprising premise since after 1865 there were thousands upon thousands of newly freed and unemployed blacks moving westward. I’ve also learned recently that between 1/6 and 1/3 of ALL frontier settlers are African or mixed-race ethnicity, that is, a mix of black, white, native, and/or Mexican.

But did you also know…?

A number of cowboy detectives were actually… women! That’s right. Alan Pinkerton established the Pinkerton National Detective Agency originally in Chicago. In the beginning his employees had a reputation of hired thugs with badges who busted organized strikes for the big companies.

Later, though, across the frontier, well-educated and highly skilled hunters and detectives were needed to help bring justice across the land. In fact, cowGIRL detectives were hired right along with cowboy detectives to do research and intelligence-gathering work to profile frontier criminals. These Pinkerton women were every bit as skilled with guns (some were even sharpshooters) and as educated as their male counterparts.

Get a realistic look at Pinkerton cowboy and cowgirl detectives in my new historical western Courage, as they employ their hunting skills against Jason Peares, the most notorious outlaw gunfighter in history, coming really really soon in ebook.

In my next posts I’m going to talk about the politics of the Indian wars, the famous Ninth Cavalry, and a Native leader whose name the army thought no one would ever remember. So follow me below on your favorite media for more revisionist history.

Want high-octane adventure with an edge? Sign up to get an email notification of the FREE pre-release historical western ebook “Warriors” and “Courage” (coming early 2014) at www.JeffreyPoston.com or find Jeffrey Poston on Twitter: @jeffposton or Google Plus: +Jeffrey Poston or www.facebook.com/JeffreyPostonBooks

legacy_of_an_outlaw_hi-resAs an author of historical westerns it’s easy to get into debates about “what history was really like.” After all, it depends on what history books you read. What may be documented fact according to one source might be countered by the documented facts of another source.

Over the last 20 years or so, I’ve found that the trend is toward “revisionist history.” It seems that historians are setting out to debunk previously held historical truths, and they’re backing up their claims with, for example, census data from the era.

When I got my first hardcover western published by a major New York publisher (The Peacekeeper, 1997 – soon to be republished in ebook as “Legacy Of An Outlaw”), I had well known western authors tell me that my premise of a black outlaw-gunfighter was unrealistic in the American West. Now, however, revisionist historians report that as many as one in four cowboys was black. Some estimates go as high as one in three! These estimates are based on documented census data on file at the time.

This should not be surprising since after 1865 there were thousands upon thousands of newly freed and unemployed blacks moving westward. These folks scratched out a living doing the same things that everyone else did – Anglo, Hispanic, Native, Asian, etc. They wrangled cattle, sought gold, worked on farms or ranches or railroads, and they built towns. Some became outlaws and gunfighters.

Traditional historical assumptions derived from a narrow perspective and pre-1990 media reinforced what was commonly believed to be true. Readers nowadays, however, understand that revisionist history presents a new and more diverse set of possibilities, and I’m convinced that modern readers are looking for something just a little bit different from mainstream.

In my next posts I’m going to talk about women Pinkerton detectives, the politics of the frontier wars, the famous Ninth Cavalry, and a Native leader whose name the army thought no one would ever remember. So follow me below on your favorite media for more revisionist history.

Want high-octane adventure with an edge? Sign up to get an email notification of the FREE pre-release historical western ebook “Warriors” (coming early 2014) at www.JeffreyPoston.com or find Jeffrey Poston on Twitter: @jeffposton or Google Plus: +Jeffrey Poston or www.facebook.com/JeffreyPostonBooks