Cheyenne Summer: The Battle of Beecher Island: A History (Hardcover)

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Evoking the spirit—and danger—of the early American West, this is the story of the Battle of Beecher Island, pitting an outnumbered United States Army patrol against six hundred Native warriors, where heroism on both sides of the conflict captures the vital themes at play on the American frontier.

In September 1868, the undermanned United States Army was struggling to address attacks by Cheyenne and Sioux warriors against the Kansas settlements, the stagecoach routes, and the transcontinental railroad.  General Sheridan hired fifty frontiersmen and scouts to supplement his limited forces.  He placed them under the command of Major George Forsyth and Lieutenant Frederick Beecher.  Both men were army officers and Civil War veterans with outstanding records.  Their orders were to find the Cheyenne raiders and, if practicable, to attack them.

Their patrol left Fort Wallace, the westernmost post in Kansas, and headed northwest into Colorado.  After a week or so of following various trails, they were at the limit of their supplies—for both men and horses.  They camped along the narrow Arikaree Fork of the Republican River.   In the early morning they were surprised and attacked by a force of Cheyenne and Sioux warriors.  

The scouts hurried to a small, sandy island in the shallow river and dug in.  Eventually they were surrounded by as many as six hundred warriors, led for a time by the famous Cheyenne, Roman Nose.  The fighting lasted four days.  Half the scouts were killed or wounded.  The Cheyenne lost nine warriors, including Roman Nose. Forsyth asked for volunteers to go for help.  Two pairs of men set out at night for Fort Wallace—one hundred miles away.  They were on foot and managed to slip through the Cheyenne lines.  The rest of the scouts held out on the island for nine days.  All their horses had been killed. Their food was gone and the meat from the horses was spoiled by the intense heat of the plains.  The wounded were suffering from lack of medical supplies, and all were on the verge of starvation when they were rescued by elements of the Tenth Cavalry—the famous Buffalo Soldiers.  

Although the battle of Beecher Island was a small incident in the history of western conflict, the story brings together all of the important elements of the Western frontier—most notably the political and economic factors that led to the clash with the Natives and the cultural imperatives that motivated the Cheyenne, the white settlers, and the regular soldiers, both white and black.  More fundamentally, it is a story of human heroism exhibited by warriors on both sides of the dramatic conflict.

About the Author


Terry Mort studied English literature at Princeton University. Later he served as an officer in the navy, including a lengthy deployment to Vietnam. He is the author of a book on fly-fishing and, most recently, The Hemingway Patrols and The Wrath of Cochise. He has also edited works by Mark Twain, Jack London, and Zane Grey. He lives with his wife in Sonoita, Arizona.

Praise For…


“The long road to a small but iconic battle between the U.S. and the Plains Indians is richly recounted in Cheyenne Summer. The Battle of Beecher Island…serves as an allegory of the larger cultural, demographic and societal shifts that Mort crisply outlines throughout the book. In this deeply considered study, the nomadic Cheyenne face off against the U.S. Army…ultimately leading to a heroic stand for both sides at Beecher Island in 1868.”
— Shelf Awareness

"Mort bases his detailed, page-turning account largely on recollections by Forsyth and by Cheyenne warrior George Bent, creating a nuanced portrayal of a battle that epitomizes the struggle to settle the Plains. The story will appeal to readers interested in U.S.–Native conflict after the Civil War.  A rich addition to the popular military history of the late-18th-century frontier."
— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

Praise for Terry Mort:

The Wrath of Cochise is compact, crisply written and provocative. Simply as a narrative of Western warfare, Mr. Mort's lucid, often beautifully written book is a pleasure to read. But he also poses questions that take his story to a deeper, morally challenging plane.”
— The Wall Street Journal

“A well-done chronicle of a harsh war fought in a harsh environment.”
— Booklist

“Meticulously written. Mort makes a fascinating read of every subject he takes up.”
— The Associated Press

“A unique biography of Ernest Hemingway’s decision to volunteer to hunt German U-boats in the Gulf Stream—it was this quest that would shape much of The Old Man and the Sea. A rewarding read about the inner workings of an artistic mind.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“Epic in scope. Terry Mort tells the story of a little-known period in the life of one of America’s greatest novelists.”
— Philip Caputo, author of A Rumor of War
Product Details
ISBN: 9781643137100
ISBN-10: 1643137107
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication Date: July 6th, 2021
Pages: 352
Language: English

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If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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