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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George A. Forsyth Narrator: Erik Sandvold Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781455196111
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Thrilling Days in Army Life describes one of the classic encounters between Indians and the frontier army. In the summer of 1868, George A. Forsyth led fifty scouts to search out Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians who were conducting raids throughout the western Great Plains in Kansas. In this book, he relates the six-day siege in September that pitted his small force against 750 Cheyenne and Sioux. Because the battle occurred in a dry bed of the Arikaree fork of the Republican River in western Colorado and claimed the life of Forsyth’s brave lieutenant, Frederick H. Beecher, it would later become known as the Battle of Beecher Island.

Forsyth, who was brevetted brigadier general for the 1868 battle, had an action-packed career. In 1882, as commander of the Fourth Cavalry in New Mexico, he pursued the Chiricahua Apache across the border into Mexico. It was a raid full of dangerous traps, but he lived to tell about it.

Forsyth was an aide to Major General Philip H. Sheridan in 1864 and accompanied him on the dramatic ride to the rescue of Union troops at Cedar Creek. That episode is presented in a rush of detail. Forsyth ends with an eyewitness account of the surrender of the Confederacy at Appomattox Court House. Originally published in 1900, Thrilling Days in Army Life will be of interest to both frontier and Civil War buffs.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A capital little book…General Forsyth’s powers as a military storyteller have been well exemplified.”

    American Monthly Review of Reviews

  • “Written in the simplest and most forcible language...never have I been so impressed by a piece of literature.”

    Woodland (CA) Daily Democrat

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About the Author

George A. Forsyth (1837–1915) was at the prime age of twenty-four when he began his long and illustrious military career as a private in the army when the Civil War began. He rose through the ranks and served throughout the American West before retiring in March 1890.

About the Narrator

Erik Sandvold graduated, with honors, from Northwestern University’s theatre department, where he studied with renowned teachers including David Downs and Tony Award-winning directors Frank Galati and Mary Zimmerman. Since then, Mr. Sandval has repeatedly performed major roles with the leading theatre companies in Colorado, including the Denver Center Theatre Company, the Arvada Center Theatre, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and Curious Theatre Company, where he is a Company Member. Some notable roles from his wide-ranging professional resume include: the tile roles in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby and the world-premiere musical Ichabod! (written and produced by Rick Ramage, creator of the TV series Haunted and Peacemakers); Larry in Closer; Lloyd Crowder in the world-premiere of Plainsong; and Mason Marzac in Take Me Out, for which he was named Top Actor by the Rocky Mountain News and awarded the Denver Post’s Ovation Award for Best Comic Performance by an Actor. He also won Ovation Awards for Best Solo Performance for playing all 36 characters in I Am My Own Wife and for the world premiere of Bubs: A One Man Musical, which he also performed at Fringe NYC in 2009. On-camera, Mr. Sandval has been featured in over 30 national, regional, and local television commercials, more than 40 industrials, on the Sci-Fi Channel, and in many short and feature-length films. Erik, also, has employed his voice in dozens of commercial spots, industrial projects, and collaborations with classical music ensembles. He has narrated over 500 books and countless magazine articles for the Library of Congress, including all seven books in the Harry Potter series. In June 2003, at Madison Square Garden, he was awarded his second Alexander Scourby Narrator of the Year Award, becoming only the second two-time recipient in the 17 year history of the national award.