Nowhere is it more so than in downtown Chicago, where the quintessential American corridor begins, or ends, depending on your perspective, at Grant Park. Located in close proximity to Lake Michigan, Grant Park is one of the oldest parks in the city and had its beginnings in the s, but the World Exposition was a catalyst for its historic significance. Running from May to October ofthe fair covered acres and attracted numbers equal to nearly half of the United States population.
To George Armstrong Custer, Benteen was a nefarious subordinate, a man who doubted every decision, questioned every order. To his own men, the cavalrymen with whom he served, Benteen was a courageous and honorable man, a leader in whom they held the greatest respect and trust.
In the mold of numerous other writers, Skelnar characterizes Benteen as a man devoid of honor, an angry bit player on the stage of history who allowed his personal feelings to overcome his sworn duty. Mills, portrays Benteen in a far different light. For Mills, Benteen represents the flawed human being within each of us — the common man thrust upon a strange and unforgiving stage, cast to perform in a deciding role in a classic tragedy of epic proportions.
Mills views Benteen as misjudged by history, a man forced to shoulder much of the blame for events far beyond his scope of influence or control.
He finds in Benteen a hero lost in the sands of time, a warrior forgotten by history. While Custer and Benteen shared a certainly acrimonious relationship, few historians — and even fewer Custer buffs — possess the military experience or intuitive wherewithal to judge the professional commitment of a career officer.
During the Civil War, Benteen demonstrated a level of raw courage and bravado that drew others to him. Yet, even then he was an enigmatic leader; he was often peculiar to a fault and was markedly unforgiving with those in whom he found character flaws.
Nevertheless, in the heat of battle, few men were as decisive in victory as Frederick Benteen. On the frontier with Custer, Benteen exhibited the same daring and audacity, but his personal life became one of recurring tragedy. However, his resolve to serve never wavered.
In 10 years of campaigning with an officer he obviously held in rather low regard, he performed his duty with all the gallantry and boldness one would expect from a military professional. At no time did Benteen allow his duties and responsibilities to succumb to a personal distaste for Custer.
The true essence of military professionalism is the ability to serve in the face of adversity, to maintain honor and personal integrity under the most difficult circumstances.
For years, Frederick Benteen demonstrated those qualities with an unremitting steadfastness. Frederick William Benteen may have been little more than a minor actor on the grand stage of history, but he was much more than many have portrayed him.
Ultimately, he was a human being, flawed and imperfect, but a human being nonetheless. And, maybe not so unlike us after all. In the waning hours of a trial that mocked the career of a man who had so honorably served his country, Frederick Benteen introduced a final exhibit for the court to consider — his heart.
For a man such as Benteen, whose emotions were intensely private and closely held, this measure was as remarkable as it was unexpected. Benteen told of a proud military career spanning three decades of selfless, often sacrificial, service to his country. He spoke candidly of his decision to take arms for the Union, a choice that alienated him from his own father and effectively divided the Benteen family.
With deep furrows across his face and locks of snowy white earned on the field of battle, Frederick Benteen bore little resemblance to the powerful young cavalryman who fought with distinction against both Confederate soldiers and Native American warriors.
The Benteens had moved to Virginia from Baltimore shortly after the birth of their first child, Henrietta Elizabeth, in October The elder Benteen earned a prosperous living as a paint and hardware contractor, securing a private education for his son at the Petersburg Classical Institute, where Frederick was first trained in military drill.
Sadly, Caroline Benteen died suddenly inleaving a young husband and family. Undoubtedly, the loss of his mother at such an impressionable age impacted Frederick, but to what extent is unknown. Following the marriage of his daughter in the spring ofCharley Benteen followed the call of the west and moved his family to St.
There, he remarried, established a paint and glass supply business, and employed his sixteen-year-old son as a sign painter. InFrederick became acquainted with Catharine Louisa Norman, a young woman recently arrived in St.
The election of Abraham Lincoln as U. President in polarized the country, and Missouri was no less affected than any other state in the Union. Kate strongly urged Frederick to support the cause of the Union forces in Missouri.
Outnumbered five to one, volunteer and Federal forces under Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon attacked a concentrated force of 22, Confederates ten miles southwest of Springfield, inflicting over casualties before retreating in ultimate defeat to Rolla.
On September 1, the 67 members of what would become the 1st Battalion, Missouri Cavalry, held an election of officers; Frederick Benteen was elected first lieutenant of C Company. By October 1, the battalion was at full strength and Benteen was elected captain and commander of C Company.
Twelve days later, Benteen saw his first action as an officer at Dutch Hollow against a large body of irregular Confederate cavalry. Only her immediate family attended the ceremony. Their honeymoon was short; within three days, Frederick returned to Rolla. Kate settled into their new home to wait out the war.
In the closing days of the month, the Union forces in Missouri under Brig. Curtis organized in what was to become the Army of the Southwest. A thoroughly respected and well-regarded leader, Benteen drew from those experiences lessons that would serve him so well in later years.In Medicine Lodge is a acre Memorial Peace Park, a natural amphitheater owned by the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Association that overlooks the Indian campgrounds and treaty-signing site.
Since , at 5-year intervals, Medicine Lodge citizens have presented at this park a pageant depicting the treaty signing and later settlement. The Medicine Lodge Treaty is the overall name for three treaties signed between the Federal government of the United States and southern Plains Indian tribes in October , intended to bring peace to the area by relocating the Native Americans to reservations in Indian Territory and away from European-American settlement.
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