for his prominent role in the Apache and Sioux wars, General George
Crook (1828–90) was considered by William Tecumseh Sherman to
be his greatest Indian-fighting general. Although Crook was feared by
Indian opponents on the battlefield, in defeat the tribes found him a
true friend and advocate who earned their trust and friendship when he
spoke out in their defense against political corruption and greed.
Magid’s detailed and
engaging narrative focuses on Crook’s early years through the
the Civil War.
with Crook’s boyhood on the Ohio frontier
and his education at West Point, then recounts his nine
service in California during the height of the Gold Rush. It was in
Far West that Crook acquired the experience and skills essential to his
success as an Indian fighter.
account of Crook’s dramatic and sometimes controversial role
Civil War, in which he was involved on three fronts, in West Virginia,
Tennessee, and Virginia. Crook saw action during the battle of Antietam
and played important roles in two major offensives in the Shenandoah
Valley and in the Chattanooga and Appomattox campaigns.
From the Redwoods to Appomattox
by Paul Magid
University of Oklahoma Press, 2014
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