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Forsyth, George


Scot from Illinois. On 9/16/1868, Forsyth and his party of 50 men rode out over the floor plain of the Arikaree River in eastern Colorado. By first light 600 Indians had encircled the cavalry party, but Forsyth and his men dug in on a 60-yard long island in the middle of the river. The Battle of Beecher's Island (named for Forsyth's second in command, Frederick Beecher, killed in the early hours of the battle) lasted for a week with the men being reduced to eating the festering flesh of their fallen horses. Forsyth is said to have been reading Oliver Twist when the relief column appeared on the horizon.

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