Indian Wars of the western frontier were an integral part of American and Native American history. Stories of those wars would not be complete without Peter Gottfredson's classic, time-honored account, Indian Depredations in Utah. After Peter arrived in America in 1855, he became a passionate journalist, storyteller, and author, quite aware of living in a historical time. In his book, first published in 1919 by Skelton Publishing CO. of Salt Lake City, Utah, he recorded for posterity his firsthand experiences during those trying and often tragic times.
The Timpanogos Nation ruled the area of Utah's Wasatch Range when Mormon colonists arrived in 1847. Peter, who herded sheep for a living, spent much of his time living among the Timpanogos Tribe during the Utah Black Hawk War years in the 1860s. Called "Sheep Captain" by tribe members, Peter enjoyed playing with their children and helping them gather food.
Peter Gottfredson's book is regarded as vital by scholars, historians, and history buffs; Peter has earned his place in American history.
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It is half a century and more since the raids and assaults recorded in this book took place, most of the persons who took active parts in the same have responded to the last earthly call, and what information we get first handed must of necessity be obtained now or never. I have often querried; why should those conditions be forgotten, and why has so little interest been taken in keeping memorandas and records of events and conditions of those early and trying times. I have written several times over much of the information I have gathered in order to make corrections and supply additional information. I have been more than twenty years compiling this history, and have not left a stone unturned in my endeavors to obtain correct data on all the important events which properly belong to this history.