The Galvanized Yankees Author:Dee Brown 1865 The Bloody Year on the Plains. As the Civi War waged in the East, a far different war erupted on the Great Plains. With the frontier virtually stripped of its military garrisons, the Plains Indians rose to recover their lost lands and to wreak vengeance upon the white settlers. By the end of 1864, the position of the United States was des... more »perate.
It was at this point that the army set about enlisting new soldiers from its ranks of Confederate prisoners-of-war. Six thousand "Galvanized Yankees" were recruited, armed and sent out to quell the last great surge of Indian power on the Plains. The rest is history-magnificent, moving, sometimes bloody and tragic, related for the first time by Dee Brown, who more than any otaher writer has revealed the truth about the American past to Americans.« less