CANDY MOULTON. Valentine T. McGillycuddy – Army Surgeon, Agent to the Sioux. Arthur H. Clark Co. 296 pages; hardcover, $34.95,

In this biography, award-winning author Candy Moulton explores Valentine T. McGillycuddy’s fascinating experiences on the northern plains as topographer, cartographer, physician, and Indian agent. In fresh, vivid prose, she traces McGillycuddy’s work treating the wounded from the battles of the Rosebud, the Little Bighorn, and Slim Buttes; tending to Crazy Horse during his final hours; and serving as agent to the Sioux at Pine Ridge, where he clashed with Chief Red Cloud over the government’s assimilation policies.