Sioux War Dispatches: Reports from the Field, 1876-1877

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Rare, First-Hand Accounts from Newspaper Correspondents Describing the Course of America’s Largest Indian War, Compiled and Edited for the First Time in One Volume

“No one commands better the story of the Great Sioux War of 1876-1877 as presented in the nation’s newspapers than does Marc Abrams. Here is Abrams’s story of America’s greatest Indian war woven from those timely reports, augmented with insightful introductions and annotations. Abrams has produced a significant addition to the historiography of this ...

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Overview

Rare, First-Hand Accounts from Newspaper Correspondents Describing the Course of America’s Largest Indian War, Compiled and Edited for the First Time in One Volume

“No one commands better the story of the Great Sioux War of 1876-1877 as presented in the nation’s newspapers than does Marc Abrams. Here is Abrams’s story of America’s greatest Indian war woven from those timely reports, augmented with insightful introductions and annotations. Abrams has produced a significant addition to the historiography of this endlessly fascinating struggle and its colorful personalities.” —Paul L. Hedren, author of After Custer: Loss and Transformation in Sioux Country

“Marc Abrams has provided an invaluable service to both scholars and lay readers in compiling this treasure trove of primary information. Like the correspondents he has come to know through his research, Marc has done the hard work; we need only read in comfort and benefit from his efforts.” —Douglas W. Ellison, author of Sole Survivor: An Examination of the Frank Finkel Narrative

“Marc Abrams’s book is an exciting and innovative approach that brings immediacy to the campaigns of Custer, Crook, and Miles, and teems with fascinating new detail. Sioux War Dispatches not only offers a gripping contemporary window into those times, it fills an important reference need as well.” —Jerome A. Greene, author of Stricken Field: The Little Bighorn Since 1876

Sioux War Dispatches: Reports from the Field, 1876-1877, tells the story of the Great Sioux War, including the battle of the Little Big Horn, primarily through the eyes of contemporary newspaper correspondents, both civilian and military. The volume begins with the Black Hills dilemma and the issue of the unceded territory (the disputed lands that were adjacent to the Great Sioux Reservation) and continues through to the spring of 1877 with the surrender of the legendary Sioux leader Crazy Horse. Along the way readers will learn about the Reynolds battle, the skirmish at Tongue River Heights, the battle of the Rosebud, the battle of the Little Big Horn, the skirmish at Warbonnet Creek, the fight at Slim Buttes, and more. In addition to numerous annotated excerpts from those who were there, are rare original dispatches, reprinted in full, that will take readers on a wild ride through several battles.

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Trouble began when gold was discovered on the Sioux reservation in South Dakota in 1874. Anxious to preserve a fragile peace, President Ulysses S. Grant ordered local military forces to turn away the swarm of gold seekers but soon gave up and concluded that the Sioux needed to be crushed once and for all. Abrams (Crying for Scalps: St. George Stanley’s Sioux War Narrative) has written a meticulously detailed history of the brutal campaign that accomplished this. Each of 18 chapters interweaves the author’s account of events with contemporary newspaper articles, letters, official communiqués, and journal entries. These provide colorful, often fanciful, details, anecdotes, and opinions that alternately admire the troops, look on the war and its leaders with a critical eye, and view Indians as either noble, persecuted, or depraved savages. Plenty of histories cover this small but relentlessly depressing war, most recently Nathaniel Philbrick’s The Last Stand. Abrams breaks no new ground but delivers a mass of information from observers on the spot. 25 illus., 7 maps. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594161568
  • Publisher: Westholme Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/11/2012
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,434,604
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

MARC H. ABRAMS is author of Crying for Scalps: St. George Stanley’s Sioux War Narrative, and his articles have appeared in Research Review of the Little Big Horn Associates and the Journal of the Wild West History Association. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and son.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps ix

Foreword Douglas W. Ellison xiii

Introduction xv

1 Black Hills Gold Seekers 1

2 The Battle of Powder River 30

3 The Skirmish at Tongue River Heights 55

4 The Battle of the Rosebud 74

5 Raillies, Repulses, and "Villainous Falsehoods" 102

6 The Battle of the Little Big Horn 112

7 General Crook's Problems 167

8 The "Army of the Yellowstone" 185

9 Advance along the Rosebud 205

10 The Search for Sitting Bull 214

11 The Relentless Pursuit 231

12 The Starvation March 237

13 A War of Attrition 254

14 Red Cloud and Spotted Tail 268

15 The Dull Knife Fight 276

16 The Powder River Expedition 303

17 The Surrender of Crazy Horse 316

18 Last Rites and Last Rambles 328

Notes 347

Bibliography 403

Index 411

Acknowledgments 431

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