A native of Kansas City, John H. Monnett has long been intrigued with the Battle of Beecher Island. He first wrote about the Indian Wars when he was professor of history at Cochise County Community College in Arizona. He is professor emeritus of history at Metropolitan State University of Denver. This is his ninth book on the history of the American West. He lives in Lafayette, Colorado, with wife, Linda, and English bulldog, Cami.