The Buffalo War

The Buffalo War

by James L. Haley
     
 
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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385061490
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/1976
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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