Sand Creek Complexity Review of Gregory F. Michno's The Three Battles of Sand Creek.

Sand Creek Battle Western Novel Gregory F Michno True West Magazine
The Three Battles of Sand Creek: In Blood, in Court, and as the End of History by Gregory F. Michno.

Sand Creek, like Little Bighorn or Wounded Knee, serves as a lightning rod evoking polemic responses. Gregory F. Michno knew this well when he launched into his latest title, The Three Battles of Sand Creek: In Blood, in Court, and as the End of History (Savis Beatie, $29.95). This seasoned author provides a dispassionate discourse on a difficult topic, dissecting it, as the title infers, from multiple perspectives. Drawing on an array of primary sources from court cases to oral histories, he sets forth a well-researched narrative, admitting in the end, and the “utter impossibility of sorting fact from fiction.” Nevertheless, readers should emerge with a clearer understanding of this complex story as recounted by a thoughtful historian.

John P. Langellier, Ph.D., author of  Fighting for Uncle Sam: Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army.

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John Langellier

John Langellier received his PhD in military history from Kansas State University. After a 45-year career in public history, he retired in Tucson, Arizona, in 2015. He is the author of dozens of books, including Fighting for Uncle Sam: Blacks in the Frontier Army, due out in early 2016.