George Washington’s ‘Founding War of Conquest’: New at Reason

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The standing army, Native American opposition, and the high cost of territorial expansion

Library of CongressAutumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion that Opened the West, by William Hogeland, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 448 pages, $28

The Battle of Little Big Horn may loom larger in popular consciousness, but it is the fray now known as St. Clair’s Defeat that marks Native Americans’ single largest victory over U.S. forces. In 1791, in what today is Ohio, a pan-tribal force under the direction of Shawnee, Miami, and Delaware leaders served notice to the fledgling American republic that continued incursion into Native lands would come at a dear price. In this case, that price was at least half the soldiers on the U.S. side killed—some sources suggest the number dead was far larger—and nearly 20 percent more

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