The First Sioux War: The Grattan Fight and Blue Water Creek 1854-1856

The First Sioux War: The Grattan Fight and Blue Water Creek 1854-1856

by Paul N. Beck
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0761828842

ISBN-13: 9780761828846

Pub. Date: 08/11/2004

Publisher: UPA

Beck (history, Wisconsin Lutheran College) examines the little-known violence between white Americans and the Lakota Sioux just before the American Civil War. He concentrates on two battles. The first, the Gratton Fight, was won by the Sioux, much to the consternation of Congress and Secretary of War Jefferson Davis. For the second battle, Blue Water Creek,

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Beck (history, Wisconsin Lutheran College) examines the little-known violence between white Americans and the Lakota Sioux just before the American Civil War. He concentrates on two battles. The first, the Gratton Fight, was won by the Sioux, much to the consternation of Congress and Secretary of War Jefferson Davis. For the second battle, Blue Water Creek, frontiersman General William S. Haney used new strategies developed from the lessons of the Gratton Fight and decimated two Sioux villages. The officers from that campaign would use the same strategies in later attacks, and the Lakota Sioux learned what to expect and how to attempt to thwart it as a unified nation. Beck gives a balanced account, exposing the white soldiers and politicians as complex men of their time with motivations to match and the leaders of the Sioux as savvy strategists whose confidence in battle eventually changed to a brave and desperate defense. Beck includes eyewitness accounts of battles as well as of the workings behind the scenes in Washington. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761828846
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
08/11/2004
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.93(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Acknowledgementsix
Chapter 1"...there exists a nation of barbarians..."1
Chapter 2"I have little confidence in their promises of good conduct..."19
Chapter 3The Grattan Fight: "a piece of foolishness"39
Chapter 4"It will be an expensive cow"63
Chapter 5Blue Water Creek: "By God I am for battle - no peace!"83
Chapter 6"We, of necessity, killed a great many women and children."105
Chapter 7"They have no desire nor wish to fight or prolong the war."123
Epilogue135
Endnotes139
Bibliography169
Index179

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