Tight binding; some pages stained but most are fairly clean with just light stains; covers are very worn and stained; corners a bit chewed. Henry Beebee Carrington (March 2, 1824 - October 26, 1912) was a lawyer, professor, prolific author, and an officer in the United States Army during the American Civil War and in the Old West during Red Cloud's War. A noted engineer, he constructed a series of forts to protect the Bozeman Trail, but suffered a major defeat at the hands of the warchief Red Cloud. At the outbreak of the American Civil War Carrington subsequently mustered ten regiments of militia and organized the first twenty-six Ohio regiments. He was commissioned as colonel of the new 18th U.
Infantry in May 1861 and established Camp Thomas near Columbus. In August 1862, amid a pressing need for troops, Indiana Governor Oliver P. Morton asked Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton to send an experienced military bureaucrat to organize new volunteer regiments.The War Department sent Carrington, who quickly organized thousands of new troops and sent them to the front. After he arrived, Carrington became involved in investigations of efforts to discourage enlistments and encourage desertions in the army. In December, he alerted both Morton and President Abraham Lincoln to the efforts of secret organizations that aimed to encourage desertion. Thereafter, Governor Morton found Carrington indispensable and successfully lobbied Stanton to retain him in Indiana. Carrington continued to investigate secret organizations (Knights of the Golden Circle) that harbored deserters, discouraged enlistments, and obstructed the draft. In March 1863, Carrington was promoted to brigadier general and made commander of the District of Indiana of the Department of the Ohio, later renamed the Northern Department.
Carrington continued to serve in Indianapolis as an intelligence officer, developing a network of spies. He also collected information from large numbers of informers around Indiana and neighboring states. His efforts as a spymaster were recognized by the new commander of the Northern Department, Major General Samuel P. Heintzelman, who relied on him and his intelligence findings.Whereas Carrington personally believed that leaders of the secret groups should be arrested and tried in federal civil courts for obstructing the war effort, his wishes were overruled by Governor Morton, Secretary Stanton, and, tacitly, President Lincoln, who chose to try conspirators in military commissions. Carrington assembled evidence for the military prosecution of conspirators in the Indianapolis Treason Trials. He remained in Indianapolis through 1865. Following the Civil War, the 18th Infantry was stationed in the West. Carrington was then assigned as commander of the Mountain District, Department of the Missouri, in 1866 and moved his regimental headquarters to Colorado. Assigned to protect the Bozeman Trail, he built and personally manned the remote Fort Phil Kearny during Red Cloud's War. Carrington soon lost the respect of his officers due to his lack of aggressiveness in several Indian skirmishes.
In December 1866, a force of up to fifteen hundred Indians attacked a wood-cutting detail, then overwhelmed a reaction force of eighty troops under Captain William J. Fetterman, one of Carrington's antagonists, disobeyed his order not to pursue the Indians too far from the fort. Fetterman's force was lured into an ambush and annihilated with no survivors. Fetterman's popularity, coupled with existing distrust of the colonel's leadership, led to rumors that his men had been ordered into the tragedy. Grant moved to court-martial Carrington but, at the suggestion of General William T.
Sherman, submitted the matter to a court of inquiry, which subsequently exonerated Carrington, as did a separate investigation by the Department of the Interior. Nevertheless, Carrington had been relieved of command immediately after the disaster, so that his military career was effectively ruined.
In 1868, Margaret Carrington (his wife) published her story about Fort Phil Kearny in a book titled Absaraka, home of the Crows.  After Margaret's death in 1870, Carrington brought out new editions of the book with expanded details of his experiences; the book eventually went through seven editions.  In 1870, Carrington retired from active service and was appointed professor of military science at Wabash College in Indiana, serving until 1878 when he moved to Hyde Park in Boston, Massachusetts.In 1871, Carrington married Frances Grummond, the widow of Lt. Grummond who was killed in the Fetterman massacre. Carrington received the degree of LL. From Wabash College in 1873.
In 1889, he traveled to Montana to negotiate the removal of the Bitterroot Salish from their ancestral homeland to the Flathead Indian Reservation. In 1890, he conducted a detailed census of the Six Nations in New York and the Cherokee Nation. In 1908, Carrington and his second wife, Frances C.
Carrington, were honored in Sheridan, Wyoming, and Carrington spoke at the Fetterman massacre site memorial. With Carrington's help, Frances authored Army Life on the Plains in 1910, detailing their experiences at Fort Phil Kearny. Subject: Americana, Military & War (not Civil War). We offer rare and important books from Literary Classics and Children's Books to Americana and Civil War. Over the years we've had many of the great landmarks of literature as well as thousands of other interesting and collectible books in all categories.If you are looking for a book we don't have listed right now feel free to reach out and you'll be the first to know when we list the titles you're looking for. We're also available to answer questions about our books or provide additional photos.
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