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Title: Thrilling Days in Army Life: Experiences of ...
Publisher: Leonaur Ltd
Book Condition: New
Book Type: Hardcover
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A highly regarded memoir of the Indian and Civil Wars
The author of this book, George A. (Sandy) Forsyth was a career soldier who served with distinction in the American Civil War and subsequently upon the western frontier against the Plains Indian tribes as they fought a losing battle to stem the inexorable advance of 'Manifest Destiny'-essentially 'the survival of the fittest'-'the law' as Forsyth writes, 'that has obtained since the dawn of creation.' Forsyth's career was varied and full of incident, though in his biography he has elected to concentrate on just four outstanding episodes in which he took part. The first, and certainly the one for which has remained famous to this day concerns the Battle of Beecher's Island. In 1868 in command of just 50 'scouts' Forsyth pursued a thousand Indian warriors of the Northern Cheyenne and other tribes under the war chief, Roman Nose, and found himself besieged on a small island in a creek of the Republican River. This incredible story of endurance has became one of the iconic episodes of the Plains Indian Wars. Here Forsyth tells his experiences in his own words before recounting a lesser known incident from his time on the Mexican border in conflict with and pursuit of Chiricahua Apaches. The final two accounts concern Forsyth's experiences as an aide to Sheridan during the Civil War, first during the Shenandoah campaign and finally at Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House after the last shots of the war were fired. Forsyth intends to grip his reader from first page to last by the exclusion of the routine of drudgery of military life and by focusing on its moments of high action. He succeeds and has created a highly entertaining account of military adventure of the United States Army of the nineteenth century which will satisfy every reader. Available in softcover and hardcover with dustjacket.
GEORGE A. FORSYTH (1837-1915) was at the prime age of twenty-four when he began his long and illustrious military career as a private in the Army when the Civil War began. He rose through the ranks and served throughout the American West before retiring in March 1890.
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