Americans have always shown a special interest and pride in the heritage of the frontier. The popular culture abounds in celebrations of cowboys and cavalrymen, pioneers and prospectors. Behind these heroes were others, Army Engineers who surveyed roads, laid out forts that protected them, and made the maps that guided travelers over them. Generally unsung and little known outside a small group of scholars and buffs, these officers provided indispensable services to a growing nation.
In Vanguard of Expansion, Dr. Schubert has told the story of the many contributions of the Engineers in the cause of westward expansion. His concise narrative should be of interest to all who are fascinated by the epic tale of America's march to the Pacific.
J. W. Morris
Frank N. Schubert, the author of several articles on the frontier Army, is an historian with the Historical Division, Office of the Chief of Engineers. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Toledo.
Last Updated: 17-Mar-2005