The Buffalo War: The History of the Red River Indian Uprising of 1874

The Buffalo War: The History of the Red River Indian Uprising of 1874

by James L. Haley


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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 have become frontier legends, but only here is the extraordinary episode chronicled  in full in all of its intricate ad 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 Indian Bureau's competing for policy control within 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 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 colorful events and personalities of a crucial time in the history of the American frontiers, included are fifty-eight rare photographs of the Indian leaders, buffalo hunters, army officers and Indian agents who played roles in the history of the Buffalo War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781880510599
Publisher: State House/McWhiney Foundation Press
Publication date: 01/01/1976
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 635,978
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 10 - 18 Years

About the Author

James L. Haley is the award winning author of Bliven Putnam Naval Adventure Series, including A Darker Sea and The Shores of Tripoli, as well as numerous books on Native American, Texas, and Western history and historical and contemporary fiction.  His two biographies Sam Houston (2002) and Wolf: The Lives of Jack Landon (2010), each one the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America.  Passionate Nation: The Epic History of Texas (2006) won the Fehrenbach Award of  the Texas Historical Commission.  In 2014, he wrote Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii. 

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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.

Table of 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                                                                       <                                                                                    261
Index                                                                                                                                                                       279


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