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General Crook and the western frontier

Author: Charles M Robinson
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"General George Crook was one of the most prominent soldiers in the frontier West. General William T. Sherman called him the greatest Indian fighter and manager the army ever had. And yet, on hearing of Crook's death, the Sioux chief Red Cloud lamented, "He, at least, never lied to us." As a young officer in the Pacific Northwest, Crook emphasized training and marksmanship - innovative ideas in the antebellum army."
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: George Crook; George Crook; George Crook
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles M Robinson
ISBN: 0806133589 9780806133584
OCLC Number: 46882538
Description: xix, 386 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: General Crook and history --
Frontiersman --
Indian fighter --
Volunteer officer --
The Shenandoah campaign --
Sheridan takes command --
The closing battles --
"I got interested ..." --
Arizona : "a sharp active campaign" --
The grand offensive --
The Great Sioux War --
Rosebud George --
A bloody campaign of attrition --
"It is an outrage" --
The Ponca affair --
Arizona : "justice to all--Indians as well as white men" --
Geronimo --
Division commander --
The last battle.
Responsibility: by Charles M. Robinson III.

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"General George Crook was one of the most prominent soldiers in the frontier West. General William T. Sherman called him the greatest Indian fighter and manager the army ever had. And yet, on hearing of Crook's death, the Sioux chief Red Cloud lamented, "He, at least, never lied to us." As a young officer in the Pacific Northwest, Crook emphasized training and marksmanship - innovative ideas in the antebellum army." "Crook's career in the West began with successful campaigns against the Apaches that resulted in his promotion to brigadier general. His campaign against the Lakota and Cheyennes was less successful, however, as he alternately displayed deep insight, egotism, indecision, and fear."

"Charles M. Robinson pieces together the contradictions of Crook's career to reveal that although the general sometimes micromanaged his campaigns to the point that his officers had virtually no flexibility, he gave his officers so much freedom on other occasions that they did not fully understand his expectations or objectives. Crook resented any criticism and was quick to blame both subordinates and superiors, yet Robinson shows that much of Crook's success in the Indian wars can be attributed to the efforts of subordinate officers. He also details Crook's later efforts to provide equal rights and opportunities for American Indians."--Jacket.

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