Child of the Fighting Tenth

Child of the Fighting Tenth

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This memoir by Forrestine Cooper Hooker details her childhood and young adulthood in the midst of the frontier cavalry. Hooker's father, Charles Cooper, was an officer in the Tenth U.S. Cavalry, one of two regiments with black troops, known as the Buffalo Soldiers, commanded by white officers. Hooker's stories capture the drama of growing up in the frontier army, the Indian wars on the plains, the Geronimo campaign in the Southwest and Mexico, her love for the regiment and the Buffalo Soldiers, their admiration for her, and even her lost love for a dashing young cavalry officer. Her narrative is by turns compelling, charming, humorous, and warm. As Laura Ingalls Wilder depicted farm life on the frontier, so Forrestine Cooper Hooker depicts army life.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 142.24 x 210.82 x 30.48mm | 476.27g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195161580
  • 9780195161588

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"Vividly memorable....A compelling addition to the frontier memoir genre that will be popular with history buffs and useful in class." --Booklist"This book would probably be of greatest interest to the high school student who appreciates stories about military life, Indians, or the Old West, or to the adult reader." -- Catholic Library World"This graceful little memoir is a well-written and briskly told adventure story." -- Civil War Book Review"Interesting." -- Library Media Connection"Few memoirs of the period are as readable, or better convey the pride of frontier soldiering." --Tucson-Pima Public Library"Take a precocious child - the doted-on daughter of a military officer, curious and congenial with a remarkable eye for detail and complete loyalty to her family's military career - who lived in a significant time and place in history, and you could wind up with Child of the Fighting Tenth: On the Frontier With the Buffalo Soldiers by Forrestine C. Hooker, edited by Steve Wilson, a remarkable memoir that becomes a valued record of the past....The child had a busy, productive and fun-filled childhood. The woman had amazing recall. The book is a valuable resource and a pleasing story." -- The Daily Oklahoman"This little book is a gem....Her recall and colorful true-life stories make this book an important historic document. Think Laura Ingalls Wilder with a military twist." --The Tucson Citizenshow more

About Hooker

Forrestine Cooper Hooker wrote nine novels for young adults based on her life growing up in the frontier army and as a ranch woman when she married into the family of the largest ranch in southern Arizona. As early as 1924, her publisher Russell Doubleday wanted her to write her memoirs, which she called Trails of My Western Yesterdays. She was working on the manuscript when she died in 1932 at age 65. Editor Steve Wilson is the author of Oklahoma Treasures and Treasure Tales (U of OK Press, 1976) & Wichita Falls: A Pictorial History (Donning, 1982), and director emeritus of the Museum of the Great Plains, Lawton, OK.show more

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