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by John McDermott

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John McDermott
Stackpole Books; 1 edition (July 1, 2003)
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by John McDermott (Author). ISBN-13: 978-0811700610. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.

Circle of Fire: The Indian War of 1865 is one of those rare works that both fill a historical void and are destined to become classics in their fields

Circle of Fire: The Indian War of 1865 is one of those rare works that both fill a historical void and are destined to become classics in their fields. In author John D. McDermott, the full story of the vicious Plains warfare that occurred in the waning days and immediate aftermath of the Civil War has finally found its chronicler. Author John D. McDermott weaves flawless scholarship, skillful interpretation, and well-crafted prose to relate this story in its proper entirety and context, giving it enhanced meaning in western history and contributing a broader perspective to surrounding events. Circle of Fire will become the standard treatment of the subject. It is Indian Wars history at its best.

Circle of Fire will become the standard treatment of the subject . John McDermott is a former National Park Service historian and currently works as an independent historian and heritage tourism consultant. He has previously published A Guide to the Indian Wars of the West and Frontier Crossroads: The History of Fort Caspar and the Upper Platte Crossing. The book contains in depth, insightful analysis of various aspects of what distinguished Indian warfare from the more conventional Civil War.

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John Charles McDermott (born 25 March 1955) is a Scottish-Canadian tenor best known for his rendering of the songs "Danny Boy" and "Loch Lomond". Born in Glasgow, Scotland, John moved with his family to Willowdale, Toronto, Canada in 1965. Growing up in a musical family, his only formal musical training was at St. Michael's Choir School in Toronto, Ontario in 1971 and 1972. After singing at weddings for a few years, he joined with several other choristers to form a group, named The Mistletones, in 1980.

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  • This book was a very detailed look at the Indian wars for the year stated in the title. More letters and first-hand stories would have been a nice addition, and a bit more storytelling would have been enjoyable, but this book did its job of digging in deep. I enjoyed it, and I left the book knowing more than I did before. It was worth my time to read it, and I appreciate the author's work to put this together.

  • Although not as engaging as some of his earlier works, this is an invaluable book on many levels. The author's topic is a challenging one, since he must tie together Indian battles across a geographically diverse area, from Kansas and Colorado, all the way to northern Wyoming. Trying to link a tight narrative across this wide area may somewhat interfere with the flow of the narrative but not to the detriment of the knowledge and insight conveyed.
    For anyone, such as myself, who has visited the Big Horn Mountains area of northern Wyoming and wanted more detail on both the Sawyers Expedition and the Conner Battle site on Tongue River, this book is indispensible. Sites relating to those two little-known campaigns are dutifully marked but little information has been readily available (at least to this reader)until Mr. McDermott's excellent book. The author shows how the army's failure to subjugate those areas served as a prelude to Red Cloud's War, after which the military withdrew from the region until the Great Sioux War of 1876, best known for the Custer massacre. My interest in these events justifies the purchase of this book. The book contains in depth, insightful analysis of various aspects of what distinguished Indian warfare from the more conventional Civil War. Full attention is paid to the overwhelming importance of logistics in these campaigns, especially the army's inability to field healthy horses that could hold up to the rigors of campaigning. If your bookshelves bulge with books pertaining to the much better known and written about Custer battle, you owe it to your overall background knowledge to include this one with them.

  • The events of 1865 were decisive in determing whether American Indians or Euroamericans would control passage over and use of the Great Plains. The Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 awakened and motivated the peoples of the central and northern Plains as few other events ever would. The result, as author McDermott concludes, was a rare series of events in which the Indians assumed the initiative. Meanwhile, the United States government--which was about to economize on military spending with the close of the Civil War--had to decide how serious a commitment it had to military solutions to Indian conflict. The Indian War of 1865 is probably--with the possible exception of the wars in the Pacific Northwest--the hardest Indian conflict to study and understand. The records are dispersed, the participants diverse, and the geographical range of the events far spread. Yet McDermott has managed to see the "big picture" rather than simply focus on disperate local violence. The book is unique in its examination of the pattern of events. It is not a "fast read" and at times the wealth of details can be overwhelming. However, the footnotes--unlike those in many other studies--are genuinely useful and the conclusions chapter is a masterpiece. This is a book that should be in the library of every school with a course touching upon the American West. Dr. Michael A. Hughes, Editor Emeritus of the Journal of the Indian Wars

  • This is a good book on a period of the west that is not well known. The author does a good job of researching his topic. Although the writing is somewhat dry and to the point, there appears to be little truthful that can be said and this period is not well documented. Some sections that I like especially where the early parts when about the Indian raiding that closed the roads in Colorado in 1865 and the fear that spread into Denver. The section on the Connor campaign in August/September was also interesting. Especially about the one unit attacked by thousands of Indians and the excerpts on Roman Nose who road in front of the soliders guns without getting touched. Although this isn't a great book, it is an interesting book and one worth looking at if you are interested in the Indian wars in the west.