The Wolf and the Buffaloby Elmer Kelton, Lawrence Clayton
Pub. Date: 01/01/1986
Publisher: Texas Christian University Press
The Civil War has ended and Gideon Ledbetter is feed from slavery. Like many, he has no land, no money, and no means to make a living. Gideon is drawn/i>/i>
From the author of The Far Canyon and The Good Old Boys comes this poignant story of a freed slave who goes west with the army and confronts much more than the hostilities of the Comanche and Kiowa.
The Civil War has ended and Gideon Ledbetter is feed from slavery. Like many, he has no land, no money, and no means to make a living. Gideon is drawn into the army by a recruiter who paints an alluring picture of cavalry life out in the west. The Indians called the black men "Buffalo" soldiers, as their tightly twisted hair reminded them of the large animals that they hunted for survival. Gideon is drawn into a conflict with a Comanche warrior, Gray Horse Running, which leads to a shattering confrontation on the plains of west Texas. This is the story of two men drawn together amid the blood and the fury of a conflict not of their making.
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One of the four or five best books written by Elmer Kelton, the novelist voted the best western writer of all time by the Western Writers Asssociation. This is a wonderfully told story of the black soldiers and the Comanche Indians on the West Texas frontier in the years immediately following the Civil War.
Outstanding book, 'The Wolf and the Buffalo'. You would think Kelton actually lived on the Plains of West Texas in ther 1800's. He gives insight to both the Plains Indians and the Buffalo Soldiers way of life and spins a very believable work of fiction. As always, his points of reference are historically correct. All of his books are Excellent reads.