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Eyewitness to the Old West: Firsthand Accounts of Exploration, Adventure, and Peril

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A collection of over 150 vignettes from the journals and diaries of people who lived or traveled in the Old West, these accounts begin with the sixteenth-century collisions between the Spaniards and the Indians and conclude with Black Elk's mournful description of the Battle of Wounded Knee in 1890. Storytellers include explorers, missionaries, Indian leaders, a poet, an artist, and a future president.
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A collection of over 150 vignettes from the journals and diaries of people who lived or traveled in the Old West, these accounts begin with the sixteenth-century collisions between the Spaniards and the Indians and conclude with Black Elk's mournful description of the Battle of Wounded Knee in 1890. Storytellers include explorers, missionaries, Indian leaders, a poet, an artist, and a future president.
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This is the paperback version of Scott's collection of Western stories dating as far back as an account of Spanish explorer Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca in the 1500s, through the writings of Grand Canyon explorer John Wesley Powell, George Custer, Black Elk, and others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570984266
  • Publisher: Rinehart, Roberts Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations xv
Preface xvii
Foreword xxi
1 Living among the Indians, c. 1531 1
2 Coronado Makes an Impression, c. December 1540 4
3 Explorers Draw Blood, July 27, 1806 7
4 The Pawnees Choose a Flag, September 29, 1806 11
5 Living Off of Paradise, c. April 1810 13
6 Encounter with Indians, May 10, 1810 16
7 Rambling through an Indian Village, June 13, 1811 18
8 "I Heard My Skull Brake," November 13, 1821 20
9 An Artist's Description of a Sioux Home, c. Summer 1832 24
10 "Creasing" a Wild Horse, c. 1832 28
11 The Effect of a Meteor Shower on the Crows, c. October 1832 30
12 Suffering in a "Desolate Wilderness," c. February 1833 34
13 A Grave for a Trapper, c. September 1833 37
14 The Power of a Pawnee Bow, May 22, 1834 41
15 Getting Acquainted with a Grizzly, August 20, 1834 42
16 Why She Ran Away, June 10, 1835 44
17 A Buffalo Dance, July 29, 1835 46
18 Surrounded at the Alamo, February 23, 1836 48
19 Captured by Comanches, April 4, 1836 51
20 Christmas Frolicking at Fort Union, c. 1838 54
21 The Yearly Rendezvous, c. July 1839 56
22 Walks-Galloping-On Falls from Grace, c. 1840 60
23 A Flood's Aftermath, c. Summer 1846 62
24 Birthing at Bent's Fort, July 31, 1846 64
25 We're Taking Your Country, August 15, 1846 66
26 A Funeral in Santa Fe, c. August 1846 69
27 The Power of the Black-Robes, September 12, 1846 71
28 Night Sounds of an Oglala Village, c. 1846 73
29 A Blizzard in South Park, c. Winter 1847 76
30 "You Don't [K]now What Trubel Is Yet," May 16, 1847 79
31 Hanging Mexican Murderers, c. Spring 1847 85
32 A Scout's Experience Saves Lives, c. June 1848 88
33 The Painted Ladies of Santa Fe, c. Summer 1848 92
34 Southwestern Mirages, September 1, 1848 94
35 The Disaster of Fremont's Fourth Expedition, February 10, 1849 96
36 Being Apprehensive around Apache Warriors, c. February 1849 100
37 Unexpected Party Guests, July 4, 1849 104
38 A Gift for a Gift, c. Summer 1849 106
39 Inability to Save Mrs. White, c. October 1849 108
40 Business Dealings in San Francisco, c. January 1850 112
41 Justifying Stealing a Gold Claim, c. January 1850 115
42 Captive Girls Brought into an Indian Village, March 21, 1851 117
43 Fighting Comanches on the Santa Fe Trail, May 21, 1853 120
44 Attending a Fandango, September 29, 1853 123
45 A Bride's Possessions, c. May 1854 126
46 "Day and Night Cannot Dwell Together," c. December 1854 128
47 Wanting to Minister to Another Woman, August 31, 1855 132
48 Wilderness First-Aid, c. 1855 134
49 Report on the Mormon Handcart Company, November 2, 1856 136
50 Provisions for Crossing the Plains, c. 1859 140
51 Overland by Stagecoach, October 10, 1858 144
52 Scalping Comanche Warriors, c. 1859 147
53 Burial at Mountain Meadows, May 6, 1859 150
54 A New Home at Gold Hill, c. July 1860 153
55 A Mysterious Corpse, c. 1860 156
56 Suspicious Shooting of an Officer, c. October 1860 158
57 Dissolution of a Partnership, c. Winter 1860 160
58 The Longest Pony Express Ride, c. May 1861 163
59 "Everything Went Off Quietly," December 24, 1862 166
60 Beans, Anyone? c. 1863 171
61 The Greatest of Wrongs, c. 1863 175
62 Inflation Comes to the Frontier, c. May 1863 179
63 The Vigilante Committee Takes Care of Slade, c. January 1864 181
64 Hand-to-Hand Fighting an Apache Brave, c. August 1864 184
65 Life Is Cheap on the Yellowstone, October 1, 1864 187
66 Testimony on the Sand Creek Massacre, March 14, 1865 191
67 Assault on a Prairie Dog Town, c. Fall 1866 195
68 A Cowboy Wedding, Winter 1866 197
69 The Problem with Disobeying Orders, December 21, 1866 201
70 The Battle Scene of the Fetterman Massacre, December 22, 1866 206
71 Martial Law on the Plains, June 16, 1867 209
72 The Wagon Box Fight, August 1, 1867 212
73 Diary of a Horse Trader, c. 1867 216
74 Letter to a Bereaved Father, August 23, 1867 218
75 The Fight at Beecher Island, September 17, 1868 221
76 Why I Don't Mingle in Society, September 22, 1868 230
77 Just Desserts for a Mule, c. 1868 232
78 The Death of Innocents, November 1868 236
79 A Rose among Thorns, c. November 1868 237
80 The Golden Spike Is Driven, May 10, 1869 239
81 Paying Attention to a Good Pony, c. 1869 241
82 Floating the Grand Canyon, August 14, 1869 243
83 Being Fast on the Draw, c. January 1870 246
84 A Frontier House Beautiful, April 11, 1871 248
85 Concerns of an Officer's Wife, c. Autumn 1872 251
86 Exchanging Courtesies, c. Autumn 1872 254
87 A Visit to Denver, c. October 1873 256
88 Double Perils of Frontier Women, c. 1873 258
89 A Buffalo Hunter Calculates His Earnings, c. 1874 261
90 "Doctoring" in the Seventh Cavalry, July 21, 1874 265
91 Capturing Wild Mustangs, c. September 1875 268
92 Searching for "Stone Bones," c. Autumn 1875 273
93 The Fight on the Little Bighorn, June 25, 1876 275
94 The Spoils of War, June 26, 1876 281
95 The Murder of Wild Bill Hickok, August 2, 1876 288
96 The Great Northfield Raid, September 7, 1876 290
97 Two Hundred Shots in Four Minutes, c. October 1876 295
98 A Walk before Breakfast, c. 1877 299
99 The Death of Crazy Horse, c. September 1877 301
100 "I Will Fight No More Forever," October 5, 1877 303
101 Geronimo Makes Demands, c. Spring 1878 306
102 Girl-Stealing, c. Autumn 1878 308
103 Christmastime at Fort Dodge, December 24, 1878 315
104 Enforcement of Civil Rights Laws, c. 1879 318
105 A Navaho Grandmother's Medicine, c. 1879 320
106 Night Tranquility at Fort Elliott, c. 1879 323
107 "Burro Punching" in the San Juans, c. 1879 326
108 Racing with Silvertips, c. 1880 328
109 An "Almost Hung" Cowboy Is Jittery, c. Summer 1880 331
110 The Kid Died with His Boots Off, July 13, 1881 334
111 Making Headlines at the O.K. Corral, October 26, 1881 339
112 Celebrating Reaching Womanhood on the Run, c. April 1882 343
113 The Killing of Jesse James, April 4, 1882 346
114 Tales of Boots and the Wiles of Women, c. 1882 355
115 The Hazards of Teaching on the Rio Penasco, c. 1882 359
116 The Death Sentence of Alfred Packer, April 13, 1883 362
117 Finding a Small Indian Mummy, c. Summer 1884 365
118 Advice to the Girls of Chillicothe, c. 1885 369
119 Winter Weather, c. 1887 371
120 Adios to the Coyote Kid, c. 1888 375
121 Practicing with the Bow, c. 1889 377
122 A Priest Makes a Sick Call, c. April 1890 381
123 The Death of Sitting Bull, December 16, 1890 385
124 The End of a Dream, December 29, 1890 389
Bibliography 393
About the Author 401
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