By Kim Allen Scott
How lasting popularity eluded one in every of Yellowstone’s earliest explorersFrontier soldier and explorer extraordinaire, Gustavus Cheyney Doane used to be no stranger to old occasions. among 1863 and 1892, he fought within the Civil warfare, participated in each significant Indian conflict in Montana Territory, and led the 1st clinical reconnaissance into the Yellowstone country—his record on that excursion even contributed to the institution of Yellowstone nationwide Park. Doane used to be continuously just about being on the correct position on the correct time to safe lasting repute, but that reputation regularly eluded him, even after his demise. Kim Allen Scott rescues Doane from obscurity to inform the story of an informed and artistic guy who strove in useless for popularity all through his life.Yellowstone Denied is a mental portrait of a fancy and fascinating person. in the course of his thirty years in uniform, Doane approximately completed the fame he sought, yet twists of destiny and, every now and then, his personal questionable habit denied it after all. Scott’s severe biography now examines the man’s accomplishments and screw ups alike, and lines the pissed off efforts of Doane’s widow to work out her husband adequately enshrined in history.Yellowstone Denied is additionally a revealing examine army tradition, clinical discovery, and western enlargement, and it supplies Doane the credits lengthy denied him.
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Although the Union high command discounted the results of the raid because only one bridge had been destroyed, the Hundred took justiﬁable pride at having made such a valuable capture on their ﬁrst combat mission and their safe return to base with their prize. For his own part, Doane made sure Richard Ellet made it back with the rest of the column and saw him safely evacuated to a hospital near Fortress Monroe, Virginia. The combination of their ﬁrst battle and their assignment to join the rest of their regiment near Centerville, Virginia, on August ∏, ∞∫∏≥, seemed to quell the grumbling of the Hundred.
Alfred W. Ellet, had received special permission from Secretary of War Stanton himself to recruit convalescent Union soldiers for service in the Mississippi Marine Brigade. Richard Ellet’s status as a wounded veteran made him an ideal candidate for ≤∏ YELLOWSTONE DENIED the procedure, which allowed General Ellet to arrange his ofﬁcial discharge from the Hundred and subsequent commission with the marines. It would take time for Ellet to heal enough to join his new command; while lying in the hospital at Fortress Monroe, Richard began making solicitations to his relatives on Doane’s behalf.
Doane’s company disembarked at Satartia, Mississippi, and formed part of a shore reconnaissance by scouting the countryside around Yazoo City, eventually quartering themselves in the nearly deserted town once the rams arrived. On the morning of May π, ∞∫∏∂, Doane led a small patrol along a narrow road east of Yazoo City and spotted a woman riding a mule a hundred yards ahead. The lieutenant called for her to halt several times; but when she failed to do so, Doane galloped forward, grabbed her bridle, and prevented her from proceeding.