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J. F. Connor of Englewood, New Jersey, kindly permitted me to use her collection of the correspondence of Britton Davis and answered a large number of questions about it. Mr. Watt P. Marchman of the Rutherford B. Hayes Memorial Library at Fremont, Ohio, lent me copies of that institution's vast collection of Crook documents. Thanks and appreciation should also go to Walter A. Richards, Page x Burbank, California, without whose hospitality and generosity this project would have had a much slower start; Leroy Middleton of Phoenix, who pleasantly shared his recollections of Sieber and the Apache Kid story; Thad Frazier, Roosevelt, Arizona, who did the same with reference to Al's last weeks; Mrs.
Sieber was a rough man, one who could be callous, although he was never cruel as that word is generally understood. My purpose is to show him for what he was: a man who operated at the focal point of events of moment and who had a real, sometimes decisive part in them. It would be an exaggeration to say that he made history, with the exception of a very few instances, in which he was sometimes acting in error; but he helped to make a lot of it, and the development of a vast region of America would have been quite different without him.
At dark they withdrew across White Oak Swamp. Rebels were everywhere. The Minnesotans were sent to fight for a stream crossing, then back to another troubled spot, and after that to a third front to help salvage a badly used-up Union regiment. General Edwin V.