In Johnny’s hoofprints: Frontier memoir awaited

John Benton Hart

The wagon wheels are turning: University of Oklahoma Press is mid-stream in publishing John Benton Hart–The Memoirs of a Civil War Cavalryman and Frontiersman.   “I have refereed quite a few manuscripts submitted for possible publication,” wrote noted historian John Monnett, “but I have just finished reading the best one it has ever been my privilege to evaluate.” In August I traveled to Wyoming and Montana to tie up research loose ends and take part in the 150th anniversary observance of events on the Bozeman Trail.