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Hero of Beecher Island : the life and military career of George A. Forsyth

Author: David Dixon
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dixon, David, 1954-2008.
Hero of Beecher Island.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©1994
(OCoLC)609047186
Online version:
Dixon, David, 1954-2008.
Hero of Beecher Island.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©1994
(OCoLC)621865858
Named Person: George A Forsyth; George A Forsyth; George A Forsyth
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Dixon
ISBN: 0803217005 9780803217003
OCLC Number: 29845546
Description: xviii, 257 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Responsibility: David Dixon.
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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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"Interesting and insightful ... a pleasure to read. It will be of special interest to students of the Old Army."-Illinois Historical Journal Illinois Historical Journal "Dixon not only tells a good Read more...

 
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