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The Fetterman Massacre (formerly, 'Fort Phil Kearney: An American Saga) Paperback – September 1, 1970
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Formerly known as "Fort Phil Kearny: An American Saga," but re-named "The Fetterman Massacre" to emphasize the most famous battle which took place at the cursed frontier fort, Brown's work is a carefully researched examination of the few fatal years of existence of a small cavalry outpost located in the foothills of the Big Horn mountains in 1865-66. When reading this work today, it is extremely difficult to imagine the terrible conditions these men lived under on a daily basis.
Sent by the U.S. government into a hostile land that belonged to the Sioux and Cheyenne Native Americans, these soldiers built a fort along the Montana Road to protect travelers and prospectors. But harsh weather conditions and the ever-present threat of furious Native American warriors offended by the placement of this fort in the heart of their ancestor's land, eventually led to the infamous massacre.
On the morning of Dec. 21, 1866, Captain William Fetterman led 80 men out of Fort Phil Kearny to rescue woodcutters under assault by Red Cloud's Oglala Sioux. Crazy Horse, among others, set a decoy trap for Fetterman and his doomed troops, and as they rode over a hill were attacked and killed to the man in a furious battle lasting about 20 minutes. This massacre eventually led to the dismantling of the fort, a Congressional investigation, and the destruction of Kearny Commander Henry Carrington's military career.
When reading Brown's novel today, one realizes that the situation Carrington was forced into was an almost impossible responsibility.Read more ›
Dee Brown is one of the premier scholars/historians of the 19th century relations between Whites and American Indians. He is also an extremely talented and polished writer/storyteller. His account of the nation-stunning Fetterman Massacre is likely the best, or nearly so, of the many treatises that have been written on the topic.
In the telling of this saga, Brown easily reveals the root cause to have been (quite predictably) the imbecility of the U. S. War Dept. and Washington D. C. (much as we suffer from same today). But Brown has written from the perspective of people directly involved in the tragedy and thus has produced an excellent work.
Highly Recommended !
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A very good read for any one looking to learn more about what lead up to the Fetterman massacre and after.Published 2 months ago by A. Lowther
I have always had a love of the American West and the people, who faced the perils of it. One of my favor story is of the Fetterman Massacre in 1866. Read morePublished 2 months ago by cbobcant
Dee Brown is an exceptionally good author. She provides details and background about the U.S. Army following the Civil War. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John L. Popp
In a word an excellent piece of writing by the author of I buried my heart at Wounded Knee.Published 4 months ago by SEAL Dad
The best way to fill out the book is to visit the places where all of this happened.
You can almost feel the violence and sadness.
This book was surprisingly more interesting and captivating then I thought it would be. There is a lot of details about the daily and weekly life for the group of soldiers that... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sarah J. Andrews
This is the first book I have read about the Fetterman Massacre. Dee Brown has done an excellent job of telling the basic tale from what appears to be a very objective viewpoint. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lawrence W. Crider
Good effort by Dee Brown to describe the events the led up to the army's worse disaster up until Custer's defeat at the Little Big Horn.Published 7 months ago by Ghostrider E24