Blue Water Creek and the First Sioux War, 1854-1856

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In previous accounts, the U.S. Army’s first clashes with the powerful Sioux tribe appear as a set of irrational events with a cast of improbable characters—a Mormon cow, a brash lieutenant, a drunken interpreter, an unfortunate Brulé chief, and an incorrigible army commander. R. Eli Paul shows instead that the events that precipitated General William Harney’s attack on Chief Little Thunder’s Brulé village foreshadowed the entire history of conflict between the United States and ...

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Overview

In previous accounts, the U.S. Army’s first clashes with the powerful Sioux tribe appear as a set of irrational events with a cast of improbable characters—a Mormon cow, a brash lieutenant, a drunken interpreter, an unfortunate Brulé chief, and an incorrigible army commander. R. Eli Paul shows instead that the events that precipitated General William Harney’s attack on Chief Little Thunder’s Brulé village foreshadowed the entire history of conflict between the United States and the Lakota people.

Today Blue Water Creek is merely one of many modest streams coursing through Sioux country. The conflicts along its margins have been overshadowed by later, more spectacular confrontations, including the Great Sioux War and George Custer’s untimely demise along another modest stream. The Blue Water legacy has gone largely underappreciated—until now. Blue Water Creek and the First Sioux War, 1854-1856 provides a thorough and objective narrative, using a wealth of eyewitness accounts to reveal the significance of Blue Water Creek in Lakota and U.S. history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806142753
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 3/16/2012
  • Series: Campaigns and Commanders
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,327,499
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Eli Paul, Museum Director of the Liberty Memorial Museum of World War One in Kansas City, Missouri, is author and editor of four books on Native American subjects.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2005

    From a grandfather and husband of a few whose family suffered this massacre

    A very well written military account, from the soldiers¿ viewpoint. The character depiction of Chief Little Thunder is rudely disgraceful to living descendants of the survivors. Many credible sources could have been used to better reveal the outstanding traits of this fine man, but were not. I wish the book had included a picture of Chief Little Thunder, as photos do exist. Readers who rely on this book alone could be mistakenly biased.

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