Western Odyssey of John Simpson Smith: Frontiersman and Indian Interpreter

Western Odyssey of John Simpson Smith: Frontiersman and Indian Interpreter

by Stanley Edward Hoig

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Western Odyssey of John Simpson Smith: Frontiersman and Indian Interpreter by Stanley Edward Hoig

Well known to his contemporaries but largely forgotten today, John Simpson Smith (1810-1871) counted among his acquaintances Indian chiefs and United States presidents. During his long and varied career, Smith was a fur trapper, a trader for Charles Bent, and a recognized spokesman for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians, with whom he lived much of his life. Smith served as interpreter for major treaty negotiations and accompanied three delegations of chiefs to Washington, D.C., to visit Presidents Fillmore, Lincoln, and Grant. Eyewitness to several major conflicts, Smith was in Black Kettle's camp when it was attacked by troops under Col. John M. Chivington at Sand Creek, Colorado. Smith's mixed-blood son was murdered by U.S. troops, but Smith survived and his affidavit later was used as evidence in congressional and U.S. army hearings. Author Stan Hoig brings Smith and his world to life in The Western Odyssey of John Simpson Smith, the first comprehensive biography of the colorful frontiersman. A new preface highlights Smith's accomplishments and the increasingly elusive West he knew.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780806136028
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date: 04/28/2004
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition9
Preface13
Introduction15
1Into the Wilderness21
2Bent's Fort Days41
3On the Santa Fe Trail57
4Talking for the White Father73
5Back to Fort Laramie89
6On the South Platte103
7A Visit with Lincoln and Barnum123
8Abraham's Children137
9Murder at Sand Creek151
10War in Kansas163
11The Medicine Lodge Council179
12Between Nations193
13Beware the Washita205
14The Odyssey Ends217
Bibliography233
Index243

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