Nez Perce Summer 1877: The U. S. Army and Nee-Me-Poo Crisis

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Nez Perce Summer, 1877 tells the story of a people's epic struggle to survive spiritually, culturally, and physically in the face of unrelenting military force. Written by one of the foremost experts in frontier military history and reviewed by members of the Nez Perce tribe, this definitive treatment of the Nez Perce War is the first to incorporate research from all known accounts of Nez Perce and U.S. military participants.Enhanced by sixteen detailed maps and forty-nine historic photographs, Jerome A. Greene's...

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Overview

Nez Perce Summer, 1877 tells the story of a people's epic struggle to survive spiritually, culturally, and physically in the face of unrelenting military force. Written by one of the foremost experts in frontier military history and reviewed by members of the Nez Perce tribe, this definitive treatment of the Nez Perce War is the first to incorporate research from all known accounts of Nez Perce and U.S. military participants.Enhanced by sixteen detailed maps and forty-nine historic photographs, Jerome A. Greene's gripping narrative takes readers on a three-and-a-half-month, 1,700-mile journey across the wilds of Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana territories. All of the skirmishes and battles of the war receive detailed treatment, which benefits from Greene's astute analysis of both sides' strategies and decision making. Between 100 and 150 of the more than 800 Nez Perce men, women, and children who began the trek were killed during the war. Almost as many died in the months following the surrender, after they were exiled to malaria-ridden northwestern Oklahoma. Army deaths numbered 113. The casualties, on both sides, were an extraordinary price for a war that nobody wanted, but whose history has since intrigued generations of Americans. (6 x 9, 576 pages, b&w photos, illustrations, maps)

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The story of the [Nez Perces'] escapes, hardships and ultimate defeat makes an epic struggle any Hollywood scriptwriter would admire. In Nez Perce Summer, Jerome A. Greene . . . is precise, even brilliant, in detailing the Nez Perce trail and the military groups that hounded them for weeks."ÑDenver Post

"Jerome A. Greene . . . gives the Nez Perce saga the attention it deserves. . . . Greene's expert treatment is detailed, but his narrative is never boring."ÑWild West

"The flight of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perces across mountain and plain in a quest for Canadian sanctuary is a commanding saga. . . . Applying his exceptional powers of research in breadth and depth, Jerome A. Greene has crafted the most exhaustive history yet published of this story of courage, endurance, pathos, and tragedy. His contribution fills in a wealth of missing detail and immeasurably enriches the extensive literature."ÑRobert M. Utley, author of The Lance and the Shield: The Life and Times of Sitting Bull

"Unlike recent treatments of the Nez Perce Indian War, Jerome A. Greene's study adds a great deal of new information, culled from an impressive array of primary sources. His book is now the standard, and it is hard to imagine that there will ever be a better one."ÑJohn D. McDermott, author of Forlorn Hope: A Study of the Battle of White Bird Canyon and the Beginning of the Nez Perce Indian War

"The great fighting retreat of the patriotic Nez Perces, struggling for their lives, lands, and freedom, outwitting and battling off one pursuing force after another, is one of the giant epics of the American West, and the literature about it is immense. But there is no volume like this monumental account of the war by Jerome A. Greene." ÑAlvin M. Josephy, Jr., author of The Patriot Chiefs: A Chronicle of American Indian Resistance

Library Journal
The war between the nontreaty Nez Perce and the United States in 1877 is one of the more dramatic in the history of such Western conflicts. The U.S. Army troops commanded by General Howard seemed hard-pressed to keep up with masterly campaigning by the Nez Perce, led by the highly capable Chief Joseph. The Nez Perce's conduct won admiration and sympathy from even the settlers in the region, although such sympathy did not help much when the Nez Perce inevitably lost and were sent to Oklahoma (then called Indian Territory). National Park historian Greene has spent many years working in the setting of the war and has written other well-received books on Indian wars, for example, Yellowstone Command: Colonel Nelson A. Miles and the Great Sioux War. Though many libraries will have Merrill D. Beal's well-known I Will Fight No More Forever or recent titles like Bruce Hampton's Children of Grace: The Nez Perce War of 1877 (LJ 1/94), Greene's book is a comprehensive, well-researched, and well-written study of the campaign and its aftermath. Highly recommended for libraries that need more than a basic title.--Charlie Cowling, Drake Memorial Lib., SUNY at Brockport Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Booknews
Greene (research historian, National Park Service) recounts the fighting retreat of the nontreaty Nez Perces, including Chief Joseph, across nearly 1,000 miles of Pacific Northwest wilderness. Greene draws from both U.S. Army and Nez Perce sources to explain their circuitous route through Yellowstone National Park and their attempts to seek refuge among the Crow Indians. Twenty-six illustrations and photographs and 16 maps are included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From The Critics
In Nez Perce Summer 1877: The U.S. Army and the Nee-Me-Poo Crisis, research historian Jerome Green provides an informative, superbly researched, and wonderfully written account of the Nez Perce conflict with the larger white culture as represented by the U.S. Army. Green is one of those rare historians able to combine meticulous scholarship with a genuine flair for vividly drawn and engaging presented storytelling. Nez Perce Summer 1877 is ardently recommended reading for students of American frontier history in general, and Native American studies in particular.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780917298820
  • Publisher: Montana Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 778,307
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Foreword, by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.
Introduction and Acknowledgments
Chapter I: Reasons
Chapter II: Eruption and White Bird Canyon
Chapter III: Looking Glass's Camp and Cottonwood
Chapter IV: Clearwater
Chapter V: Kamiah, Weippe, and Fort Fizzle
Chapter VI: Bitterroot and the Big Hole
Chapter VII: Camas Meadows
Chapter VIII: The National Park
Chapter IX: Canyon Creek
Chapter X: Cow Island and Cow Creek Canyon
Chapter XI: Yellowstone Command
Chapter XII: Bear's Paw: Attack and Defense
Chapter XIII: Bear's Paw: Siege and Surrender
Chapter XIV: Consequences
Epilogue: Later Lives
Appendix A: U.S. Army Casualties, Nez Perce War, 1877
Appendix B: Known Nez Perce Casualties, 1877
Bibliography
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2001

    Must Read

    This is a must read if you are interested in the history of the West or the Indian Wars. Clearly the most readable and best researched on the subject. So detailed you are almost right there with the Nee-Me-Poo or the Army.

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