The Fetterman Massacre
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The Fetterman Massacre

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The Fetterman Massacre occurred on December 21, 1866, at Fort Phil Kearny, a small outpost in the foothills of the Big Horns. The second battle in American history from which came no survivors, it became a cause célèbre and was the subject of a congressional investigation.
Paperback, 259 pages
Published September 1st 1970 by Bison Books
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JP Mac
Fascinating description of the U.S. Army's 1866 construction of Ft. Phil Kearny and the subsequent massacre of a detachment that left no survivors. Based on Army records and firsthand accounts, the narrative builds to an ambush by two thousand Sioux of Captain William Fetterman and his 80 cavalry and infantry.

While hardened veterans of the Civil War, Fetterman and most of his officers had no experience fighting Sioux and Arapaho, but plenty of confidence in their own martial abilities. At the sa...more
Leslie
Very engaging history of this event--one of the situations that indirectly led to Custer's aggressiveness 10 years later. Part of the problem was officers who had served in the Civil War but had no knowledge of the different type of fighting employed by the Indians. The officers of the massacred party were contemptuous,vastly over-confident and disobeyed a direct order NOT to pursue Indians beyond a certain point. Well written and provides an excellent view into life on the frontier at that time...more
Michael
This is a interesting event in American history. Another case white pride and arrogance being his demise. It is Little Big Horn on a smaller scale. The only down side is there was no survivors or eye witnesses. The slaughter took place outside of the line of site from the nearby fort. So the story of the Fetterman massacre is well documented except for the massacre itself. It's still a good book, but don't expect any details about the battle itself. No one (white man) lived to tell what happened...more
Will
This title is somewhat misleading. The book is really about the history of Ft. Phil Kearny, WY, where Fetterman left on his infamous ride through the Sioux nation with 80 men. It is the story of a place, the people who built and fought around it, and the second battle in American history from which there were no survivors from the losing side. Extremely well written. If you are interested in the West, in the Indian Wars, or the 19th Century Army, this book is for you. Recommended.
Kathy
I always like reading Dee Brown's books--you learn so much about the West. This was an event I had never heard about before, and was very interesting.
Colin Powell
This is a splendid piece of up close history with notes taken from interviews and records with people concerned with the actual event. The whole affair leading up to the ghastly conclusion is well documented and presented in fine detail. At times the reader feels like he is actually there in the untamed western frontier.
Michael
A relatively quick read, but I remember wondering how accurate the author's imagination of the battles could be -- nonetheless, despite a bit of unnecessary skepticism, the descriptions are compelling. Probably a bit too focused a topic for the general reader.
Andy Plazatruckcom
Very good, well written and interesting. Bought this book at Ft. Phil Kearney, very cool to read about it after seeing where it happened.
Terra
it was okay
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Dorris Alexander “Dee” Brown (1908–2002) was a celebrated author of both fiction and nonfiction, whose classic study Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is widely credited with exposing the systematic destruction of American Indian tribes to a world audience. Brown was born in Louisiana and grew up in Arkansas. He worked as a reporter and a printer before enrolling at Arkansas State Teachers College, wh...more
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