Here You Have My Story: Eyewitness Accounts of the Nineteenth-Century Central Plains

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Here You Have My Story vividly describes life on the early Plains in the words of those who came to settle in the rugged region. Originally published by the Nebraska State Historical Society between 1885 and 1919, these stories provide surprisingly accurate recollections of events and life on the Great Plains, with a focus on Nebraska. Many are filled with interactions with Native Americans, from Samuel Allis’s experiences as a missionary to the Pawnees, to Henry Fontenelle’s history of the Omaha Indians, to an account of the Powder River Expedition. Early freighters and cattle drovers share their personal experiences, including the dangers and difficulties of travel, and Nebraska’s state-builders describe the early days of Omaha and the construction of the first state capitol building in Lincoln.
 
Here You Have My Story, edited by Richard E. Jensen, brings to life the struggles and triumphs of early Plains settlement and a time when Nebraska was young.
 
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Editorial Reviews

Nebraska Life

"From this chorus of voices emerges a portrait of Nebraska as the land of constant novelty and adventure. . . . The language of these narratives, straightforward yet often elegantly and humorously phrased, is as great a historical resource as their descriptive detail."—Nina Murray, Nebraska Life

— Nina Murray

Kansas History

"[Here You Have My Story] showcases people who exhibit power, integrity, and perseverance—just the sort of folks a state can be proud to claim as pioneers."—Suzzanne Kelley, Kansas History

— Suzzanne Kelley

Chronicles of Oklahoma

"[Here You Have My Story] provides an important and fascinating entrance to our nation’s past. It is genuinely a rewarding read."—J. Justin Castro, Chronicles of Oklahoma

— J. Justin Castro

Great Plains Quarterly

"Jensen’s selection of historical documents brilliantly captures the world of the nineteenth-century Central Plains as American settlers saw it."—Adam R. Hodge, Great Plains Quarterly

— Adam R. Hodge

Nebraska Life - Nina Murray

"From this chorus of voices emerges a portrait of Nebraska as the land of constant novelty and adventure. . . . The language of these narratives, straightforward yet often elegantly and humorously phrased, is as great a historical resource as their descriptive detail."—Nina Murray, Nebraska Life
Kansas History - Suzzanne Kelley

"[Here You Have My Story] showcases people who exhibit power, integrity, and perseverance—just the sort of folks a state can be proud to claim as pioneers."—Suzzanne Kelley, Kansas History
Chronicles of Oklahoma - J. Justin Castro

"[Here You Have My Story] provides an important and fascinating entrance to our nation's past. It is genuinely a rewarding read."—J. Justin Castro, Chronicles of Oklahoma
Great Plains Quarterly - Adam R. Hodge

"Jensen's selection of historical documents brilliantly captures the world of the nineteenth-century Central Plains as American settlers saw it."—Adam R. Hodge, Great Plains Quarterly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803226609
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Richard E. Jensen is the editor of several books, including Happy as a Big Sunflower: Adventures in the West, 1876–1880 (available in a Bison Books edition); Voices of the American West, Volume 1: The Indian Interviews of Eli S. Ricker, 1903–1919 (Nebraska 2005); and Voices of the American West, Volume 2: The Settler and Soldier Interviews of Eli S. Ricker, 1903–1919 (Nebraska 2005).
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Indian Country 1

Reminiscences of a Teacher among the Nebraska Indians, 1843-1885 Mrs. Elvira Gaston Platt 2

Forty Years among the Indians and on the Eastern Borders of Nebraska Rev. Samuel Allis 27

History of the Omaha Indians Henry Fontenelle 73

At Bellevue in the Thirties Mrs. E. Anderson 82

2 Military Campaigns and Army Life 89

My Very First Visit to the Pawnee Village in 1855 John M. Thayer 90

The Pawnee War of 1859 John M. Thayer 100

The Pawnee Indian War, 1859 Capt. R. W. Hazen 116

The Massacre at Oak Grove Ranch Capt. Edward B. Murphy 126

History of the Powder River Indian Expedition of 1865 H. E. Palmer 134

3 Overland Freighting on the Plains 181

Along the Overland Trail in Nebraska in 1852 Gilbert L. Cole 182

Freighting on the Plains James Green 192

Overland Freighting from Nebraska City Deforest P. Rolfe 197

Freighting Across the Plains in 1856, a Personal Experience Moses H. Sydenham 214

4 White Settlement 233

Part of the Making of a Great State John A. Macmurphy 234

Nebraska in the Fifties David M. Johnson 257

Recollections of Omaha, 1855-61 C. Irvine 266

Reminiscences of Early Days in Nebraska William W. Cox 277

Early Days at the Salt Basin John S. Gregory 293

History of the First State Capitol Thomas Malloy 300

Personal Recollections of Early Days in Decatur, Nebraska Capt. S. T. Leaming 306

Early Days on the Little Blue J. H. Lemmon 313

Adventures on the Plains, 1865-67 Dennis Farrell 320

Reminiscences of the Crusade in Nebraska Mrs. Harriet W. Leighton 330

Notes 339

Bibliography 369

Index 377

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