My novel Bozeman Paymaster: A Tale of the Fetterman Massacre, will be released in a hardcover edition by Five Star Publishing in June 2022. The editing is complete, and the front cover design is finished.Bozeman Paymaster is the story of how in the drive to advance Manifest Destiny the nation blundered into one of its most distressing reverses. Fighting to defend their favorite buffalo hunting grounds, Lakota Chief Red Cloud’s coalition of Sioux, Northern Cheyennes, and Arapahos drove the Army out of the Powder River country of modern-day Wyoming. On a bone-chilling day in December 1866, Captain William Fetterman led eighty men into the army’s worst defeat at the hands of the Indians until Custer’s Last Stand a decade later. Despite the turmoil of virtually ceaseless Indian attacks on Dakota Territory’s Fort Phil Kearny, a youthful paymaster clerk and a beautiful young schoolteacher fall in love. Their future is torn asunder when in the aftermath of the Fetterman Massacre the United States abandons the forts protecting the Bozeman Trail and closes the shortest route used by immigrants to reach Montana’s goldfields. Red Cloud’s War was the only war the American Indians won fighting the United States.
As part of my celebration in preparation for the book’s release, I have redesigned this website to more accurately convey the type of frontier historical fiction that I write.