November 10, 2020 – Program starts at 7PM.
Virtual Presentation Via Zoom (You will receive an additional announcement with instructions on how to participate.)
Tecumseh and the Prophet – the just released book by noted Civil War and American West author, Peter Cozzens, will be the topic of our meeting on November 10th. The book tells the story of the brothers Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa who were the co-architects of the broadest pan-Indian confederation in US history. While Tecumseh was the warrior chief, Tenskwatawa – who was known for his spiritual visions and prophecies – was the unifying force who created the unifying doctrine of religious and cultural revitalization that brought the tribes together. The resulting alliance was a formidable force until the death of Tecumseh at the Battle of Tippecanoe. The story of the brothers, the Indian alliance, and their American adversaries should make for a fascinating and interesting presentation.
I realize this topic has nothing to do with the Civil War (except Sherman’s middle name). But as I mentioned in the first announcement about our 2020-21 Season, it is my belief that “all lovers of history – love good history.” This is good history. Here is what S. C. Gwynne had to say:
“. . . tells the story of nation-defining events and larger-than-life leaders, and Cozzens’s nuanced portrait stands as one of the best pieces of Native American history I have read.”
Peter Cozzens is the international-award winning author or editor of seventeen books on the American Civil War and the American West. Cozzens retired after a thirty-year career as a Foreign Service Officer, U. S. Department of State. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he served as a captain in the U. S. Army.
All of Cozzens’ books have been selections of the Book of the Month Club, History Book Club, and/or the Military Book Club. Cozzens’ This Terrible Sound: The Battle of Chickamauga and The Shipwreck of Their Hopes: The Battles for Chattanooga were both Main Selections of the History Book Club and were chosen by Civil War Magazine as two of the 100 greatest works ever written on the conflict.
His book The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West, published by Alfred A. Knopf in October 2016. It received the 2017 Gilder Lehrman Prize in Military History, the Caroline Bancroft Prize in Western History, and–in translation–the 2018 HisLibris Award (Spain) for the best non-fiction work of history.
We have purchased books for this occasion. The retail price is $35. We are selling them for $25. Peter will sign and dedicate a “bookplate” for each book. To purchase, send a check to the Fort Worth CWRT c/o Stan Wright, 2324 Rogers Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109. Let us know your preferred dedication and the “ship to” address. We will send the books by UPS.