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Yellowstone command : Colonel Nelson A. Miles and the Great Sioux War, 1876-1877 /
Jerome A. Greene.
imprint
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c1991.
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xv, 333 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0803221428 (cl)
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imprint
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c1991.
isbn
0803221428 (cl)
catalogue key
2541762
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [301]-313) and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1992-04-01:
In this excellently researched and well-crafted work, National Park Service historian Greene has created a volume to stand on the shelf with the books of Robert M. Utley and with his own Slim Buttes, 1876: An Episode of the Great Sioux War ( LJ 1/15/82). Greene's account is the first full military history of the 1876-77 winter campaign in which Miles moved against the Sioux and Cheyenne after Custer's defeat. The author conveys his ``consuming fascination for the tactical details'' to readers by describing Miles's methodical yet inspired field command as it was displayed in such battles as Wolf Mountains and the Lame Deer Fight. For accounts of Miles's difficult personality and discord with associates, look to biographies such as Brian C. Pohanka's Nelson A. Miles (Arthur L. Clark, 1986); for his military achievement in the Sioux Wars, Yellowstone Command is highly recommended for both general and special collections.-- Margaret W. Norton, Fenwick H.S., Oak Park, Ill. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1992-11:
Greene's book clarifies understanding of the Great Sioux War of 1876-77. Although popular accounts often focus on Custer's ill-fated activities, Greene broadens the perspective to view the overall approach of the US Army to the Sioux problem. The protagonist is Colonel Nelson A. Miles, decorated Civil War veteran, whose military thoroughness and precision contrasted with the more utilitarian style of Crook and the impetuous attitude of Custer. Clearly, the author prefers Miles, whose orderliness stood out in the midst of the highly individualistic field commanders of the day. Given the long droughts between promotions in the peacetime army, it is little wonder that the so-called Indian wars brought both triumph and tragedy to the annals of military leadership. Greene's analysis is limited in time and place to one particular episode rather than offering an examination of the colonel's entire career, but the story presents Miles as the effective officer that he was. Illuminating photographs and useful maps enrich the book. All levels. J. H. O'Donnell III; Marietta College
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"Greene's volume succeeds on two levels. First, the author evaluates the Yellowstone campaign within the context of the Great Sioux War. . . . Second, Greene's book reads like a tale of adventure, bringing the cold winds and deep snows of the winter campaign to your armchair."-South Dakota History
"Fills a yawning gap in the literature of the Sioux War. [Greene's] well-crafted narrative teems with fresh and illuminating anecdotes. . . . [This] is a groundbreaking work that stands as a model for all future accounts of western Indian campaigns."Western Historical Quarterly
"Fills a yawning gap in the literature of the Sioux War. [Greene''s] well-crafted narrative teems with fresh and illuminating anecdotes. . . . [This] is a groundbreaking work that stands as a model for all future accounts of western Indian campaigns."Western Historical Quarterly
"Fills a yawning gap in the literature of the Sioux War. [Greene''s] well-crafted narrative teems with fresh and illuminating anecdotes. . . . [This] is a groundbreaking work that stands as a model for all future accounts of western Indian campaigns." Western Historical Quarterly
"Perhaps some prefer myth to reality, but those who wish to know what it was really like on campaign in the West in the 1870s would scarcely do better than to read this riveting account." Washington Times
"Greene's volume succeeds on two levels. First, the author evaluates the Yellowstone campaign within the context of the Great Sioux War. . . . Second, Greene's book reads like a tale of adventure, bringing the cold winds and deep snows of the winter campaign to your armchair."South Dakota History
"Greene''s volume succeeds on two levels. First, the author evaluates the Yellowstone campaign within the context of the Great Sioux War. . . . Second, Greene''s book reads like a tale of adventure, bringing the cold winds and deep snows of the winter campaign to your armchair." South Dakota History
"Greene''s volume succeeds on two levels. First, the author evaluates the Yellowstone campaign within the context of the Great Sioux War. . . . Second, Greene''s book reads like a tale of adventure, bringing the cold winds and deep snows of the winter campaign to your armchair."South Dakota History
"Perhaps some prefer myth to reality, but those who wish to know what it was really like on campaign in the West in the 1870s would scarcely do better than to read this riveting account."-Washington Times
"Perhaps some prefer myth to reality, but those who wish to know what it was really like on campaign in the West in the 1870s would scarcely do better than to read this riveting account."Washington Times
"A masterly study of the campaign [against the Indians] in the twelve months following Custer's defeat. . .to a large degree a pioneering work that relates in detail the military effort to subdue the Sioux and Cheyennes. It is based on exceptional research. . . . Greene has succeeded admirably in providing a wealth of information about a forgotten period of frontier military history."Journal of American History
"A masterly study of the campaign [against the Indians] in the twelve months following Custer''s defeat. . .to a large degree a pioneering work that relates in detail the military effort to subdue the Sioux and Cheyennes. It is based on exceptional research. . . . Greene has succeeded admirably in providing a wealth of information about a forgotten period of frontier military history." Journal of American History
"A masterly study of the campaign [against the Indians] in the twelve months following Custer''s defeat. . .to a large degree a pioneering work that relates in detail the military effort to subdue the Sioux and Cheyennes. It is based on exceptional research. . . . Greene has succeeded admirably in providing a wealth of information about a forgotten period of frontier military history."Journal of American History
"A masterly study of the campaign [against the Indians] in the twelve months following Custer's defeat. . .to a large degree a pioneering work that relates in detail the military effort to subdue the Sioux and Cheyennes. It is based on exceptional research. . . . Greene has succeeded admirably in providing a wealth of information about a forgotten period of frontier military history."-Journal of American History
"Fills a yawning gap in the literature of the Sioux War. [Greene's] well-crafted narrative teems with fresh and illuminating anecdotes. . . . [This] is a groundbreaking work that stands as a model for all future accounts of western Indian campaigns."-Western Historical Quarterly
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Choice, November 1992
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'Perhaps some prefer myth to reality, but those who wish to know what it was really like on campaign in the West in the 1870s would scarcely do better than to read this riveting account.'--Washington Times
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xiii
Off for the Great Sioux Warp. 1
In Custer's Wakep. 22
Yellowstone Bluesp. 47
The Road to Tongue Riverp. 66
Cedar Creekp. 92
The Fort Peck Expeditionp. 114
Wolf Mountainsp. 147
Capitulationp. 183
Lame Deerp. 201
War's Endp. 219
Appendixp. 235
Notesp. 237
Bibliographyp. 301
Indexp. 315
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