Flashman and the Redskins
is a 1982 novel
by George MacDonald Fraser
. It is the seventh of the Flashman
Presented within the frame
of the supposed discovery of a trunkful of papers detailing the long life and career of a Victorian officer, this series centres around Flashman, the bully from Tom Brown's Schooldays
. The papers are attributed to him, who has grown from the schoolboy of Thomas Hughes
's novel into a well-known and much decorated military hero. The book begins with an explanatory note detailing the discovery of these papers.
The story proper begins with Flashman fleeing with Susie Willinck (a New Orleans
madam, aka "Miss Susie"), as described at the end of Flash for Freedom!
. They cross the continent to join the California Gold Rush
, meeting several well-known personalities of the American West
in 1849 and 1850. The story resumes in 1875, when he takes part in the Battle of the Little Bighorn
the following year. It also contains a number of notes by Fraser, in the guise of editor, giving additional historical information on the events described.
In his haste to leave New Orleans and the threat of imprisonment, Flashman agrees to shepherd Susie Willinck and her company of prostitutes to Sacramento
, where she intends to set up shop and make a bundle from goldminers. As wagoncaptain, Flashman is nominally in charge of his and Susie's (now his wife) collection of women, supplies, and sex toys, and the other... Read More