I did a brief preview of John Schmutz’s for back when it first came out in 2009. At the time the format of my column paired books together, and I gave Schmutz’s book the edge over Richard Slotkin’s . But I did take the book to task, as I did most McFarland publications, for its just-plain-silly price. The Battle of the Crater will soon be released in paperback and at a more reasonable $35. Since many folks may have been turned off by the price tag three years ago, I thought it would be fair to Mr. Schmutz to give everyone a little refresher on the book, and to that end John agreed to answer a few questions.
Seventeen scouts from the Kane County area participated in Timberline, the Boy Scouts of America’s National Youth Leadership Training program, at Camp Rush near Alton from July 12-17. Dr. John Schmutz served as Scoutmaster, assisted by JD Maxwell, Alan Black, Paul Chapman and John Jacobs.
John Henry Schmutz, the son of and , was born October 26, 1878, in St. George, Utah. The second child and oldest son in the family of twelve children, John learned early to work and never to expect anything from the Lord, or man, for whih one did not work. He began his schooling in his teacher's home before there was a school building in St. George. He helped build, and was one of the first students at the Woodward School. He attended the Dixie Academy, later he was a student at the Agricultural College in Logan. He has been a cattleman and rancher all his life.