Fifty Years On the Trail: The True Story of John Y. Nelson, Frontiersman, Scout, and Guide

Fifty Years On the Trail: The True Story of John Y. Nelson, Frontiersman, Scout, and Guide

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Overview

This is the true story of John Young Nelson, an early American frontiersman, military scout, interpreter, guide, police chief, and saloon owner. Born in Virginia in 1826, Nelson ran away from home as a young teenager to escape a domineering father and to seek adventure in the west. He took odd jobs along the way working on farms, serving as a cabin boy on a Mississippi steamer, and becoming an apprentice with a group of traders traveling west from Missouri. After meeting a band of Sioux, he decided that the nomadic life of an Indian was the adventure he was looking for and got himself adopted into the tribe. Here he learned how to live off the land and acquired the skills of a Sioux warrior. His adopted father was the Chief Spotted Tail and his brother-in-law was Red Cloud—Chief of the Sioux Nation.

As a young Sioux brave, Nelson participated in Indian raids and skirmishes. Later, he guided Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, worked as a military scout with William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill), fought in the Indian Wars, and served as a lawman in North Dakota. In his many escapades he often narrowly escaped death from bullets, arrows, and knives. Nelson’s story is a fascinating view of the early American west in all its glory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936709212
Publisher: Piccadilly Books
Publication date: 11/15/2018
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1

Boyhood—A Bolt for Freedom

CHAPTER 2

A Trading Party—The Boundless Prairie

CHAPTER 3

An Indian Encampment—Adoption by Spotted Tail —An Initiatory Ceremony

CHAPTER 4

Habits of the Indians—Their Religion—The Sun Dance

CHAPTER 5

An Inexplicable Squaw

CHAPTER 6.

Fighting the Pawnees—A Bloodthirsty Massacre—Method of Warfare

CHAPTER 7

Meeting with Brigham Young

CHAPTER 8

Among the Mormons—Passage of the Rockies—Establishment of Salt Lake City

CHAPTER 9

Farewell to the Mormons—First Scalping Experiences—A Bear Story

CHAPTER 10

A Death in the Family—Indian Grief—A Tragic Occurrence

CHAPTER 11

Tarantula Juice—Trading with the Wajajas—Gold in the Black Hills

CHAPTER 12

Spotted Tail on the War-path—The Battle of Ash Hollow—A Flight for Life

CHAPTER 13

General Albert Sidney Johnson—A Few Words about the Mormons—Engagement as Scout and Guide

CHAPTER 14

En route for Utah—Arrival at Salt Lake—Camp Floyd

CHAPTER 15

The Mountain Meadow Massacre—Discovery of the sole Survivor

CHAPTER 16

Bull-Whacking to California—Five Hundred Miles on Foot—Fallen amongst the Ute’s

CHAPTER 17

Return to Salt Lake City—Brigham Young again

CHAPTER 18

Life in a Mormon Home—Farewell to Salt Lake City

CHAPTER 19

Enemies in the Camp—A Raving Maniac—Under Arrest

CHAPTER 20

Omaha at Last—Life at Keats’s Ranch

CHAPTER 21

Desperadoes in Denver—Engagement as Bartender—A Close Shave—Death of Billy Hill

CHAPTER 22

On the Warpath—Engagement as Scout, Guide, and Interpreter—Two Years of Guerilla Warfare

CHAPTER 23

Massacre—Colonel Brown’s Expedition—Duties of a Guide—Into a Hornet’s Nest

CHAPTER 24

Mutiny in Camp—A Skirmish at Medicine Creek

CHAPTER 25

Indian Cunning—Massacre of Col. Forsyth’s Scouts

CHAPTER 26

Discharged from Hospital—Guarding Gilman’s Ranch—Cast into Prison—General Duncan’s Expedition

CHAPTER 27

Buffalo-Hunting—Fiendish Revenge—Arrest by Order of the Commandant

CHAPTER 28

Building the first Ranch—The Raid on the Village

CHAPTER 29

Deadwood—Appointment as Chief of Police—Outlaws—Lynching of Fly-speckled Billy

CHAPTER 30

The Cheyenne’s on the War-path—Saved by the Snake River

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