9780803236844

Harvest of Barren Regrets : The Army Career of Frederick William Benteen, 1834-1898

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  • ISBN13:

    9780803236844

  • ISBN10:

    0803236840

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-10-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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Summary

Frederick William Benteen (183498) was a military officer during the Civil War and the Black Hills War against the Lakotas and the Northern Cheyennes. He was in command of a battalion at the Battle of Little Bighorn, and some say that his controversial actions during the battle may have contributed to Custer's disastrous defeat. In Harvest of Barren Regrets, Charles K. Mills explores Benteen's complex personality and life as a career army man during one of the most violent and compelling periods in U.S. military history. He views Benteen as misjudged by history, a man forced to shoulder much of the blame for events far beyond his influence or control. As Mills says at the end of this wonderful biography, "There are no monuments to Frederick William Benteen today. He remains as he lived: a rather obscure supporting actor who appeared briefly on center stage in a well-known American history drama and then quietly faded away. It was his misfortune to live largely unknown and to die largely misunderstood."

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