Nelson reveals the fascinating history of the Civil War in the American West by exploring the connections among the Civil War, the Indian wars, and western expansion. She re-frames the era as one of national conflict—involving not just the North and South, but also the West and its peoples. Nelson tells the story through the lives of nine charismatic individuals who fought for self-determination and control of the region, and shows the importance of individual actions in the midst of a larger military conflict. “The Three-Cornered War” is a captivating story—based on letters and diaries, military records and oral histories, and photographs and maps from the time—that sheds light on an overlooked chapter of American history.
Megan Kate Nelson is a historian and writer, with a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Dr. Nelson was recently elected as a fellow of the Society for American Historians, “in recognition of the narrative power and scholarly distinction of her historical work.” Scribner will publish her next book, “This Strange Country: Yellowstone and the Reconstruction of America,” in March 2022.
Megan Kate Nelson