In Their Own Words: Warriors and Pioneers

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From the California Gold Rush to the gunfighters of Texas to the Sioux Wars of the Northern Plains, here are the most vital, colorful chapters of American history - told in vivid detail by the settlers, soldiers, and Native Americans who lived them. Historian T. J. Stiles weaves these fascinating first-person accounts into a sweeping narrative - presenting them chronologically and linking them together with insightful editorial notes. Their words document the history of the American West - the real stories of ...
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Overview

From the California Gold Rush to the gunfighters of Texas to the Sioux Wars of the Northern Plains, here are the most vital, colorful chapters of American history - told in vivid detail by the settlers, soldiers, and Native Americans who lived them. Historian T. J. Stiles weaves these fascinating first-person accounts into a sweeping narrative - presenting them chronologically and linking them together with insightful editorial notes. Their words document the history of the American West - the real stories of battles waged for land, power, and freedom on the great frontier...The Oregon Trail, Custer's last stand, the Apache struggle and the Geronimo campaign, Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War, the last ride of the Dalton Gang, the Sand Creek Massacre, the building of the railroads, the struggle of Chief Joseph...
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As Stiles says in his preface, "Personal history is almost always history at its most gripping." This may be true but-despite the inclusion of names like Francis Parkman, Theodore Roosevelt, Chief Joseph, George Custer and Buffalo Bill Cody-this collection of 26 writers describing the 19th-century American West is often less than gripping. In fact, the most charged writing is "The Final Reckoning," Emmett Dalton's recollection of the massacre of his gang in Coffeyville, Kans., that concludes the anthology. But most of the stories don't pack that wallop. The experiences of two of the four Native Americans in the book, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce and the Chiricahua Apache Geronimo, have often been told before. Theodore Roosevelt's "The Making of the Cattle Country" is tinged with jingoism. Still, for the history buff delving into this era, this is an informative, entertaining primer. The book's only woman writer, Fanny Kelly, describes being a Sioux captive. General William T. Sherman remembers California's Gold Rush, and William F. Cody recalls his buffalo hunts. Footnotes, maps, Stiles's narratives and an introduction by historian Richard Maxwell Brown weave together these stories of conflict and conquest, putting them in a broader context of turbulent social, economic and political forces that absorbed the Old West into mainstream America. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399519888
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Series: In Their Own Words Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Preface
Sources
The Writers and Their Positions at the Time
Introduction
A Note to the Reader
I The Great Flood: The Far West, 1843-1863 1
1 The Oregon Trail 5
Across the Great Plains: Francis Parkman, Jr.
Settling Oregon: Jesse A. Applegate
2 The California Gold Rush 28
The California Gold Rush: General William T. Sherman
3 The Nez Perce Resistance 41
The Struggle of Old Joseph: Chief Joseph
II The Burning Prairie: The Great Plains, 1864-1878 47
4 A Tale of the Northern Plains 51
The Pioneers: Fanny Kelly
The Invaders: Generals Henry H. Sibley and Alfred Sully
The Captive: Fanny Kelly
5 The Closing Vise: The Central Plains, 1864-1868 82
The Sand Creek Massacre: William M. Breakenridge
Railroad Building and Buffalo Killing: Buffalo Bill Cody
6 War of the Southern Plains, 1868-1869 92
A Winter Campaign: General Philip H. Sheridan
The Battle of the Washita: General George A. Custer
The Vanquished: General Philip H. Sheridan
7 Kansas Cowtowns and Texas Badmen: The Other Plains War 127
Wild Bill Hickok: General George A. Custer
Up the Chisholm Trail: John Wesley Hardin
The Rangers Clean Up Kimble County: J. B. Gillett
III The Conflagration: The Conquest of the Northern Plains, 1875-1886 151
8 War for the Black Hills: The Great Sioux War of 1876 155
Out of the Black Hills: Wooden Leg
Battle of the Rosebud: John F. Finerty
Custer's Last Stand: Two Moons
After the Victory: Wooden Leg
Chasing Sitting Bull: General Nelson A. Miles
Last Days of the Northern Cheyennes: Wooden Leg
9 Refugees of Conquest 201
The Great Trek of the Nez Perces: Chief Joseph
10 Cattle Barons and Horse Thieves 213
The Making of the Cattle Country: Theodore Roosevelt
The Sheriff of Johnson County: Frank M. Canton
IV The Mountains and the Desert: Battles of the Southwest, 1861-1884 227
11 The Long Fight of the Apaches 231
Our First Fight with the Apaches: J. B. Gillett
The Making of a Warrior: Geronimo
The Coming of the White Men: Geronimo
Bringing in Geronimo: Lieutenant Britton Davis
12 The Lincoln County War 263
A Civil War in New Mexico: George W. Coe
The Five-Day Battle: George W. Coe
The Hunt for Billy the Kid: Pat F. Garrett
V Conquered Ground: Last Episodes on the Frontier, 1885-1892 297
13 The Geronimo Campaign 301
The Final Outbreak: Lieutenant Britton Davis
The Chase: Lieutenant Marion P. Maus
Surprise Attack: Tom Horn
Miles Takes Command: Britton Davis
On the Run: Geronimo
The Last Surrender: Britton Davis
14 The Daltons Ride for the Last Time 321
The Final Reckoning: Emmett Dalton
Epilogue 337
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