During the Civil War the “Union” command in Missouri and Kansas was also faced with the dilemma of how to protect the mail routes on the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails and how to combat the “Guerrillas of the Plains” or the American Indians. Eventually, the Yankees figured out the best way to do this was to increase the number of troops and outposts needed for the protection of the commerce and mail carriers along the trails. This did not occur until late 1864 and 1865.
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