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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1957. Department of History.


Copyright 1957, the author. Used by permission.


This thesis uses an in depth examination of documents and other archeological finds in order to give an accurate description of military life at Fort Atkinson from 1819-1827.During the summer of 1956, the Nebraska State Historical Society Field Party, conducted by Marvin F. Kivett, Director of the Museum, excavated a portion of the site of the fort, near Fort Calhoun, Nebraska.The author was granted access to the material recovered by this archeological field party for the writing of this thesis.

The author first gives an examination of the background behind For Atkinson, including a description of the Yellowstone Expedition and the expedition for Council Bluffs.The author then goes on to discuss the construction of the fort, the general routines of those who lived at Fort Atkinson, the quartermaster and their duties, the medical department and even details of the musicians and band that worked at the fort.The author also wrote of the relations Fort Atkinson had with neighboring Indian tribes and finally discusses the reasons behind the decision to abandon Fort Atkinson and the overall significance of Fort Atkinson.

Advisor: James C. Olson