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Founded in 1834 on the high plains of present-day eastern Wyoming. Fort Laramie evolved into an organizational hub and chief supply center for the U.S. Army in its campaigns against the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians. Fort Laramie and the Great Sioux War focuses on a crucial year in the history of the fort, 1876. That was the year of General George Crook’s Big Horn; the Black Hills gold rush; and chaos at the Red Cloud and Spotted Tail Indian agencies. Paul Hedren draws upon official army records, diaries, and journals to illuminate a fort-based history of the Great Sioux War, and for this edition he also provides a new preface.


About The Author
Paul L. Hedren is a retired National Park Service superintendent residing in Omaha, Nebraska. He is the author of Fort Laramie and the Great Sioux War and Great Sioux War Orders of Battle: How the United States Army Waged War on the Northern Plains, 1876–1877.

Reviews & Praise
“Fort Laramie’s role in the Great Sioux War has been underestimated far too long . . . . All of the major battles and many of the minor skirmishes fall into place because of Hedren’s systematic approach and his thorough use of officials records.”—Montana: The Magazine of Western History

Book Information
59 b&w illus., 2 maps
336 Pages
Paperback 978-0-8061-3049-1
Published October 1998