Sam Steele

Sam Steele, “the man who tamed the Gold Rush,” had a glittering, high-profile public career, yet his private life has been closely protected. Sam Steele: A Biography follows Steele’s rise from farm boy in backwoods Ontario to the much-lauded Major General Sir Samuel Benfield Steele. Drawing on the vast Steele archive at the University of Alberta, this comprehensive biography vividly recounts some of the most significant events of the first fifty years of Canadian Confederation—including the founding of the North-West Mounted Police, the opening of the North through the Klondike, and Canada’s participation in the South African War—from the perspective of a military leader. Impeccably researched and accessibly written, Sam Steele is perfect for anyone interested in Canada’s early decades.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front cover 1
Title page 4
Copyright page 5
Dedication 6
Contents 8
Acknowledgements 10
Introduction 12
1 Early Life 20
2 The North-West Mounted Police 48
3 Steele’s Scouts in the Rebellion 90
4 Frustrated Ambition 110
5 The Love of His Life 132
6 Fort Macleod and Family 156
7 The Klondike Gold Rush 184
8 Fighting for Queen and Country 212
9 Imperial Interlude 248
10 Preparing for War 276
11 An Old Soldier Fades Away 304
Epilogue 342
Notes 346
Bibliography 384
Index 394