Set in 1864 Colorado Territory, based on the actual events that led up to the infamous massacre of peaceable Cheyennes and Arapahoes.
At the height of the Civil War and Western Frontier expansion, a young seminary graduate named Joshua Frasier answers God's call to go west and minister among the Cheyenne Indians. He is soon caught up in military and political conflicts as he marries into the Cheyenne tribe and then is recruited as chaplain in the Colorado militia.
By bringing this colorful but tragic piece of history to life, author John Buzzard reminds us not to allow fear, distrust, and anger to escalate to the place where we would ever again experience such a day as That Day by the Creek!
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can’t say that I enjoyed every part of this story—some of it made me literally sick to my stomach. But I will say that this book has stuck with me. The story is one that will be hard to forget. I thought the author did a marvelous job in mingling fact with fiction. It was obvious that the author did quite a bit of research, and I enjoyed learning about Indian customs. I know my history, and I knew the fate that was awaiting the Indians, but I couldn’t help but hope that somehow they would manage to escape. I appreciated that the author took the time to help the reader understand the thought process of those who were involved. I also felt that the author dealt with disturbing subject matter in a thoughtful, respectful way. I become very angry with those who try to profit from someone else’s tragedy, but I didn’t feel that this was the author’s aim. I felt that this book showed the importance of knowing the true character of the people who are leading you. It also showed that ambition can lead to cruelty and that tragedy should never be forgotten. But perhaps the thing it showed the most was that as human beings, we are called to display decency, kindness, and compassion to everyone. When we neglect to show compassion, we lose our humanity and risk become something horrible.