by Jerry Crimmins
foreword by Gerald A. Danzer
Northwestern University Press, 2008
Paper: 978-0-8101-2522-3 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-2296-3 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-6201-3
Library of Congress Classification PS3603.R55F67 2006
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.6


In a story that brings to life the founding of one of the world's great cities, Fort Dearborn takes us back to Chicago's early struggle of fire and blood. Through the eyes of two young boys and their fathers—one father a sergeant with the United States First Infantry, the other a Potawatomi warrior—we see the events that lead up to the Fort Dearborn Massacre. Using scores of letters, historical documents and maps, and long-forgotten Native American speeches, Jerry Crimmins breathes life into the little known drama that took place in the vicinity of the fort that once occupied what is now downtown Chicago. A suspenseful narrative, Fort Dearborn is also a remarkable historical account, minutely observed and meticulously documented, preserving a key moment in American history.