October 22nd, 2007

turn of the last century US Army

Does anyone know of a good reference book or website on the US Army (the regiment in particular is the Sixth Cavalry, if that makes any difference) at the turn of the 20th century? I'm not looking for information about particular campaigns (which is what I keep getting when I google -- United States Army 1900) or modern regulations, which is what I get when I google US Army regulations), or the results I get when I combine the two, which is nothing. What I'm looking for is a source for looking up questions like, but decidedly not limited to, how long was the standard enlistment, how were the bastards of soldiers dealt with, at what rank did you no longer have to get permission from your C.O. to marry (I do have it on good authority that privates, at least, had to up through the time a friend of mine got married in the 1950s), how did the housing, duties, and so forth work on isolated posts, etc., etc., etc. I'm not finding anything in the libraries I have access to, either. I haven't gone so far as ILL yet, but that's because I need specific titles in order to do so.

That's the tip of the iceberg, anyway. I don't want specific answers here, because there are going to be dozens of questions like this, and I don't want to harass this list over and over and over... What I need is an authoritative source to enable me to look these things up as they come up.