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Author DeMontravel, Peter R., 1933-

Title A hero to his fighting men : Nelson A. Miles, 1839-1925 / Peter R. DeMontravel
Published Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, [1998]
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Summary Nelson A Miles began his military service as a volunteer officer in the Civil War. He later earned the appellation the idol of the Indian fighters and capped his controversial career by serving as Commanding General of the Army from 1895 to 1903. Without the benefit of a college education, Miles attained the rank of major general of volunteers two months after his twenty-sixth birthday. At the close of the Civil War, he was Jefferson Davis's military jailer, and then served with the Freedmen's Bureau in North Carolina. On the frontier, he won a series of victories against the Kiowa-Comanches, Sioux, Nez Perce, Bannocks, and Geronimo's band of Apaches. His skillful management of the Messiah outbreak of 1890 ended the Indian Wars. Miles also commanded the Army during the Spanish-American War and was involved in the late nineteenth-century Army reforms. During his long and distinguished career, Miles made numerous enemies, including Theodore Roosevelt. Peter DeMontravel contends that the comments made by these enemies influenced the way historians have viewed Mile's career. This reassessment of that career restores him to a degree of prominence
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 431-448) and index
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Subject Miles, Nelson Appleton, 1839-1925.
United States. Army -- Biography.
Generals -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- History, Military -- To 1900.
Genre/Form Biography.
Military history.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1612771661 (electronic bk.)
161277167X (electronic bk.)
9781612771663 (electronic bk.)
9781612771670 (electronic bk.)
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