Winner of the Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History
Winner of the 2017 Caroline Bancroft History Prize
Shortlisted for the Military History Magazine Book of the Year Award
After the Civil War the Indian Wars would last more than three decades, permanently altering the physical and political landscape of America. Peter Cozzens gives us both sides in comprehensive and singularly intimate detail. He illuminates the intertribal strife over whether to fight or make peace; explores the dreary, squalid lives of frontier soldiers and the imperatives of the Indian warrior culture; and describes the ethical quandaries faced by generals who often sympathized with their native enemies. In dramatically relating bloody and tragic events as varied as Wounded Knee, the Nez Perce War, the Sierra Madre campaign, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn, we encounter a pageant of fascinating characters, including Custer, Sherman, Grant, and a host of officers, soldiers, and Indian agents, as well as great native leaders such as Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, and Red Cloud and the warriors they led.
The Earth Is Weeping is a sweeping, definitive history of the battles and negotiations that destroyed the Indian way of life even as they paved the way for the emergence of the United States we know today.
A Smithsonian Top History Book of 2016
A Times (UK) Book of the Year
Finalist for the Western Writers of America 2017 Spur Award in Best Western Historical Nonfiction
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About the Author
PETER COZZENS is the author or editor of seventeen acclaimed books on the American Civil War and the Indian Wars of the American West, and a member of the Advisory Council of the Lincoln Prize. In 2002 he was awarded the American Foreign Service Association's highest honor, the William R. Rivkin Award, given annually to one Foreign Service Officer for exemplary moral courage, integrity, and creative dissent.
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Table of Contents
List of Maps xi
Prologue: Our Children Sometimes Behave Badly 3
Chapter 1 The Plains Aflame 13
Chapter 2 Red Cloud's War 32
Chapter 3 Warrior and Soldier 47
Chapter 4 Hancock's War 64
Chapter 5 The Last Treaty 76
Chapter 6 Of Garryowen in Glory 93
Chapter 7 The Bloody Policy of Peace 112
Chapter 8 Tragedy in the Lava Beds 137
Chapter 9 The Buffalo War 155
Chapter 10 No Rest, No Peace 174
Chapter 11 Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse 191
Chapter 12 The Thieves' Road 208
Chapter 13 Guard Us Against All Misfortune 221
Chapter 14 Last Stand 249
Chapter 15 The Great Father's Fury 270
Chapter 16 A Warrior I Have Been 299
Chapter 17 I Will Fight No More Forever 315
Chapter 18 The Utes Must Go! 341
Chapter 19 Return to Apacheria 358
Chapter 20 Like So Many Vultures, Greedy for Blood 380
Chapter 21 Once I Moved Like the Wind 400
Chapter 22 A Clash of Visions 419
Chapter 23 The Place of the Big Killings 442
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A wonderful read
Highly enjoyable read and also a learning experience. The chapter on Wounded Knee was highly informative.