The Buffalo War: The History of the Red River Indian Uprising of 1874-1875

The Buffalo War: The History of the Red River Indian Uprising of 1874-1875

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 and 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 army and the Indian Bureau's competing for policy control within the 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 draws 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 the colorful events and personalities of a crucial time in the history of the American frontier. Included are fifty-eight rare photographs of the Indian leaders, buffalo hunters, army officer and Indian agents who played roles in the history of the Buffalo War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781880510582
Publisher: State House/McWhiney Foundation Press
Publication date: 01/01/1976
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

JAMES L. HALEY is a professional writer living in Austin, Texas. His other non-fiction books include Apaches; Texas: An Album of History; and Texas: From Spindletop through World War II. Mr. Haley has also written three novels: The Kings of San Carlos, The Lions of Tsavo, and Final Refuge.

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