The frontier army of the 19th century has been portrayed as a group of fighting cavalrymen. However, Tate's article explains the "overwhelming majority of time spent in mundane but more important duties," such as the issuance of commissary supplies to travelers, medical care, blacksmithing, carpentry services, providing a post for mail delivery, road improvements by army enlisted men, bridge construction and law and order. Details are discussed in the backdrop of Fort Kearny in Nebraska and Fort Laramie in Wyoming. ALTERNATE SUBJECTS: Nebraska--History 19th Century; Fort Kearny (Neb.); Fort Laramie (Wyo.); Military--Frontier Army; Military--Mounted Rifleman Regiment; Trails--Platte River Road; Military--Commissary supplies; Military--Medical; Military--Law and order; Military--Mail delivery; Military--Construction; Military--Blacksmith; American Fur Company; Jackson, William Henry; Photo: painting by William H. Jackson of Circled Wagon train [Wyoming Division of Cultural Resources]. Photo: Platte Bridge Station [Wyoming Division of Cultural Resources]. Photo:Overland Stage Wagon [Wyoming Division of Cultural Resources]. Annals of Wyoming cover date Winter 1997.