General John Gibbon was a central figure in two of America's most famous battles. At Gettysburg in 1863, Pickett's Charge was aimed right at Gibbon's troops. In 1876, Gibbon commanded the Montana Column that was to unite with George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry at the Little Bighorn. Gibbon's arrival with General Terry is what saved the survivors of that disaster. Here in his own words are Gibbon's masterful narratives of his time in the west. Included are his diary from his 1860 journey to Utah, his analysis of the disaster at the Little Bighorn, his campaign against Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce in 1877, and his later friendship with that Chief. He also wrote a wonderful account of a visit to Yellowstone National Park in 1872. Gibbon never completed his memoirs of his career in the west and these articles are what we have to tell the story of one of the most important and remarkable careers in U.S. Army history. Every memoir of the American West provides us with another view of the movement that changed the country forever. For the first time, this long out-of-print volume is available as an affordable, well-formatted book for e-readers and smartphones. Be sure to LOOK INSIDE by clicking the cover above or download a sample.
One of the most important collections of first-hand accounts of the Indian wars of the west is contained in this volume. Not as famous as the Little Bighorn fight, the Nez Perce and Modoc Wars were prominent conflicts between whites and Native Americans that brought the period of Indian Wars to a close. Included in this book are accounts by Chief Joseph, Edward Godfrey, General O.O. Howard, and others who fought in what was then considered the northwest: Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and California. An account and analysis of the Custer fight is also in this book, as is a letter by Libby Custer to the New York Times protesting the depiction of her late husband. Every memoir of the American West provides us with another view of the conflicts that changed the country forever. For the first time, this long out-of-print volume is available as an affordable, well-formatted book for e-readers and smartphones. Be sure to LOOK INSIDE by clicking the cover above or download a sample.
This long overdue, full-length biography of John Gibbon tells about one of the the Civil War's best combat leaders. This story of a rebel officer describes how a distinguished general served in all the major campaigns of the Civil War and later on the western frontier. Based on extensive research into family records and other original sources, this readable narrative should be of interest to historians and buffs alike who seek a vital new personal account about war and military service in the nineteenth century. This biography about Brigadier General John Gibbon covers his lifetime from 1827 to 1896. It focuses, of course, on his military career spanning the years from the end of the Mexican War, through the Civil War, and through efforts to keep the peace with the Seminole in Florida and the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Nez Perce on the western frontier, and thereafter. The biography describes life in America in some detail throughout most of the nineteenth century and defines what military training and service required at West Point and in peace and wartime. Extensive note materials and bibliographical references enrich this interesting study.