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This definitive chronicle of Gen. George Crook by his loyal aide de camp offers a firsthand account of the Arizona Territory and American Indian Wars.
After serving more than fifteen years with Gen. George Crook, John G. Bourke, his right-hand man, sat down to write of his time with the legendary US Army officer in the post–Civil War West. On the Border with Crook is a firsthand account of Crook’s campaigns during the American Indian Wars. With sharp descriptions and detailed anecdotes, Bourke brings to life the entire American frontier, sketching vivid pictures not only of Crook and his fellow cavalrymen but also of legendary Native American leaders such as Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, and Geronimo. Combining strength and compassion, Bourke argues, Crook carved out an important legacy in American history.
On the Border with Crook has long been regarded as one of the finest firsthand accounts of frontier army life. Bourke provides unparalleled detail of the southwest landscape, impressions on the forts and communities in Arizona Territory, and the hardships of frontier service, in addition to exciting and brutally honest accounts of combat. What is most impressive about Bourke’s work is the equal time he gives to both soldiers and Native Americans, making this an essential read for anyone interested in American frontier history.
Author John G. Bourke was awarded the Medal of Honor in connection with services during the Civil War. He died June 8, 1896, and was buried in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery.
“Among the ten best Western books of all time.” —The Brand Book, Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners