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460 pages, Hardcover
First published October 3, 2006
One of the officers leading this sprinting column was Maj. John Milton Chivington, a formidable man who would soon become one of the most notorious figures in the American West. Originally from Ohio, the forty-one-year-old Chivington was a Methodist preacher who brimmed with a sort of muscular Christianity. As a "circuit rider" traveling about the lawless and violent West, he came to view himself not only as a pastor but also as a one-man vice officer--God's own enforcer. Once, in Nebraska City, he took it upon himself to destroy the entire liquor supply of a saloon that had, by a perfectly legal deed, located itself in an abandoned church. A shocked witness demanded to know by what authority he could seize and destroy another man's property. Chivington replied: "By the authority of almighty God!"