Black Kettle: The Cheyenne Chief Who Sought Peace But Found War

Black Kettle: The Cheyenne Chief Who Sought Peace But Found War

by Thom Hatch


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The Compelling, Tragic Story of a Great Cheyenne Chief

As white settlers poured into the west during the nineteenth century, many famous Indian chiefs fought to stop them, including Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, and Geronimo. But one great Cheyenne chief, Black Kettle, understood that the whites could not be stopped. To save his people, he worked unceasingly to establish peace and avoid bloodshed. Yet despite his heroic efforts, the Cheyennes were repeatedly betrayed and would become the victims of two notorious massacres, the second of which cost Black Kettle his life. In this first biography of black Kettle, historian Thom Hatch at last gives us the full story of this illustrious Native American leader, offering an unforgettable portrait of a chief who sought peace but found war.

Praise For Thom Hatch

The Blue, the Gray, and the Red

"Clear and even-handed. . . . This popular history recounts grim, bloody, lesser-known events of the Civil War. . . . The slaughter of Black Kettle's Cheyennes at Sand Creek . . . forms a devastating chapter."
-Publishers Weekly

The Custer Companion

"Highly recommended . . . a reliable and impartial guide to the subject and literature."
-Library Journal

Custer and the Battle of Little Bighorn

"A work that is readable by itself, meticulously researched and clearly written."
-The Tulsa World

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471445920
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/25/2004
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 609,531
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.61(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

THOM HATCH, a former film and video writer, director, and producer, is the author of five previous books, including The Blue, the Gray, and the Red: Indian Campaigns of the Civil War. He has written extensively on the Plains Indians and lives in Colorado with his wife and daughter.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

List of Maps.


1. Early Life.

2. Warrior.

3. The Might of the U.S. Army.

4. Gold in Colorado Territory.

5. In the Way of Progress.

6. The Plains Erupt in Flames.

7. Seeds of Betrayal.

8. The Sand Creek Massacre.

9. Reaction to the Massacre.

10. Council on the Little Arkansas.

11. Treaty at Medicine Lodge.

12. Blood along the Washita.

13. Legacy.




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