Hero of Beecher Island: The Life and Military Career of George A. Forsyth

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U of Nebraska Press, Feb 1, 1997 - History - 275 pages
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George A. Forsyth took a determined stand against Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at the Battle of Beecher Island in 1868 and in the process transformed this minor frontier skirmish into a legendary symbol of the American West. This engagement helped mold popular conception of Indian warfare and provided Forsyth with the reputation of being an intrepid Indian fighter like George Custer and Buffalo Bill. Although this image of Forsyth is not necessarily incorrect, it is certainly incomplete. In addition to serving as an instrument of government Indian policy, the army carried out other important missions designed to foster internal development in the United States. These activities included exploring and mapping the remnants of the uncharted West: escorting railroad survey and construction crews and building forts along the major lines of commerce. As a staff officer, George Forsyth played an important part in all of these activities and more. Therefore, while this biography chronicles the life and military career of a remarkable soldier, it also provides fresh insight into the role that the United States Army played during the post-Civil War period.
  

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Contents

List of Figures ix
8
Chapter Three
36
Chapter Four
61
Chapter Five
92
Chapter
122
Chapter Seven
143
Chapter Eight
168
Chapter Nine
188
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David Dixon is an associate professor of history at Slippery Rock University.

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