Gall: Lakota War Chief

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Called the “Fighting Cock of the Sioux” by U.S. soldiers, Hunkpapa warrior Gall was a great Lakota chief who, along with Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, resisted efforts by the U.S. government to annex the Black Hills. It was Gall, enraged by the slaughter of his family, who led the charge across Medicine Tail Ford to attack Custer’s main forces on the other side of the Little Bighorn.

Robert W. Larson now sorts through contrasting views of Gall, to determine the real character ...

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Called the “Fighting Cock of the Sioux” by U.S. soldiers, Hunkpapa warrior Gall was a great Lakota chief who, along with Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, resisted efforts by the U.S. government to annex the Black Hills. It was Gall, enraged by the slaughter of his family, who led the charge across Medicine Tail Ford to attack Custer’s main forces on the other side of the Little Bighorn.

Robert W. Larson now sorts through contrasting views of Gall, to determine the real character of this legendary Sioux. This first-ever scholarly biography also focuses on the actions Gall took during his final years on the reservation, unraveling his last fourteen years to better understand his previous forty.

Gall, Sitting Bull’s most able lieutenant, accompanied him into exile in Canada. Once back on the reservation, though, he broke with his chief over Ghost Dance traditionalism and instead supported Indian agent James McLaughlin’s more realistic agenda. Tracing Gall’s evolution from a fearless warrior to a representative of his people, Larson shows that Gall contended with shifting political and military conditions while remaining loyal to the interests of his tribe.

Filling many gaps in our understanding of this warrior and his relationship with Sitting Bull, this engaging biography also offers new interpretations of the Little Bighorn that lay to rest the contention that Gall was “Custer’s Conqueror.” Gall: Lakota War Chief broadens our understanding of both the man and his people.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806140360
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,364,212
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Robert W. Larson is retired as Professor of History at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Red Cloud: Warrior-Statesman of the Lakota Sioux. The Denver Posse of Westerners honored him in 2006 with its Fred A. Rosenstock Award for Lifetime Achievement in Western History.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

1 Like a Roman Warrior 3

2 Little Cub Bear 15

3 Proving Himself 26

4 The New Enemies 40

5 In Search of a Treaty 58

6 Threats along the Yellowstone 73

7 The Path to War 93

8 The Little Bighorn 112

9 The Zealous Pursuit 144

10 The Canadian Exile 157

11 Standing Rock 174

12 The Sioux Bills 197

13 The Death of Sitting Bull 211

14 His Final Years 230

Notes 239

Bibliography 275

Index 287

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