The Buffalo War

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Gen. Phil Sheridan called the Red River War of 1874 the most successful Indian campaign ever waged. Many of its incidents havebecome frontier legends, but only here is the extraordinary episode chronicled in full in all of its intricate and amazing detail. Author/historian James L. Haley has carefully analyzed the causes of the Indian unrest, centering upon the great buffalo slaughter which threatened to destroy forever the foundation of Indian life. The competing factions which shaped the course of events during...
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Gen. Phil Sheridan called the Red River War of 1874 the most successful Indian campaign ever waged. Many of its incidents havebecome frontier legends, but only here is the extraordinary episode chronicled in full in all of its intricate and amazing detail. Author/historian James L. Haley has carefully analyzed the causes of the Indian unrest, centering upon the great buffalo slaughter which threatened to destroy forever the foundation of Indian life. The competing factions which shaped the course of events during the conflicts—war and peace factions' competing for control within the Indian tribes, officers' competing for commands and promotions within the U.S. Army, and the army and the Indian Bureau's competing for policy control within the government bureaucracies-are brilliantly researched and described, as are the battle strategies and engagements that made the Buffalo War such a curious blend of savagery, heroics, accidents and confusion on both sides. Mr. Haley's extensive research draws heavily on contemporary letters and reports, and his many new findings overturned a number of myths and prejudices which had surfaced during the hundred years since the Red River uprising. The result is an exciting, authentic narrative filled with the colorful events and personalities of a crucial time in the history of the American frontier. Included are fifty-eight rare photographs of the Indian leaders, buffalo hunters, army officer and Indian agents who played roles in the history of the Buffalo War. contradictory elements of the Red River War of 1874, but only Haley has succeeded. . . . At least a half-dozen professional historians may honestly remark upon reading Haley's book that they wish they had written it."(Journal of American History) illustrated and presented in a lively narrative style." (Civil War History)

Author Biography: JAMES L. HALEY is a professional writer living in Austin, Texas. His other non-fiction books include Apaches; Texas: An Album of History; and Texas: From Spindletop through World War II. Mr. Haley has also written three novels: The Kings of San Carlos, The Lions of Tsavo, and Final Refuge.

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A history of the 1874 Red River War, called the final campaign of whites versus the Southern Plains Indians. Locates the roots of Indian unrest in the whites' wholesale slaughter of the buffalo, which destroyed the Indians' economy and way of life. Discusses the internal conflicts between factions on each side of the larger conflict: between pro-war and pro-peace Indian factions, and between the US Army and the Indian Bureau for control of governmental policy. Originally published in 1976. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385061490
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/1976
  • Pages: 312

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The situation of the South Plains Indians in 1874 was the product of all, understood, even though that history had left them impoverished and materially wretched, dominated by another race of men whom they had been exposed for only a few decades, and gnawed by a horrible intuition that their entire social structure was doomed, and the days of their tribes, numbered.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface                                                                                                                                                                   vii Acknowledgements                                                                                                                                                 xi List of Illustrations                                                                                                                                                   xv I. The Buffalo Indians                                                                                                                                               1
II. The Indians' Commissary                                                                                                                                   21
III. The Gathering Storm                                                                                                                                          37
IV. The Buffalo War                                                                                                                                                 59
V. The Battle of Adobe Walls                                                                                                                                  67
VI. Lone Wolf's Revenge: The Lost Valley Fight                                                                                                     79
VII. The United States Goes to War                                                                                                                        95
VIII. Internment: The Anadark Fight                                                                                                                        107
IX. The Great Dry Time: The Miles Expectation and the Battle of Red River                                                        125
X. Medicine Water: The Lone Tree Massacre and the German Kidnapings                                                         139
XI. The Anadarko Renegades: The Battle for Lyman's Wagon Train and the Battle of Buffalo Wallow                147
XII. The Mackenzie Column: The Battle of Palo Duro Canyon                                                                              169
XIII. The Wrinkled-hand Chase                                                                                                                               185
XIV. The Collapse of Indian Resistance                                                                                                                 197
XV. Prison                                                                                                                                                               211
Notes                                                                                                                                                                      223
Bibliography                                                                       #160;                                                                                    261
Index                                                                                                                                                                       279
 

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