Download e-book for iPad: After Wounded Knee: Correspondence of Major and Surgeon John by Jerry Green

By Jerry Green

ISBN-10: 0870134051

ISBN-13: 9780870134050

The Wounded Knee bloodbath of December 29, 1890, recognized to U.S. army historians because the final conflict in "the Indian Wars," was once in truth one other tragic occasion in a bigger trend of conquest, destruction, killing, and damaged offers that proceed to this day.
     On a chilly winter's morning greater than a century in the past, the U.S. 7th Cavalry attacked and killed greater than 260 Lakota males, girls, and youngsters at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. within the aftermath, the damaged, twisted our bodies of the Lakota humans have been quickly coated via a blanket of snow, as a snowfall swept during the nation-state. a number of days later, veteran military medical professional John Vance Lauderdale arrived for responsibility on the within sight Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. stunned by means of what he encountered, he wrote a variety of letters to his closest relatives detailing the occasions, aftermath, and lifestyle at the Reservation lower than army career. He additionally handled the wounded, either Cavalry squaddies and Lakota civilians. What distinguishes After Wounded Knee from the big physique of literature already to be had at the bloodbath is Lauderdale's frank value determinations of army existence and a private remark of the tragedy, untainted through self-serving memory or adorned newspaper and political experiences. His feel of frustration and outrage towards the army command, specifically about the strategies used opposed to the Lakota, is vividly obvious during this intimate view of Lauderdale's existence. His correspondence presents new perception right into a known topic and was once written on the top of the cultural fight among the U.S. and Lakota humans. Jerry Green's cautious enhancing of this sizeable assortment, a part of the loo Vance Lauderdale Papers within the Western Americana assortment in Yale University's Beinecke Library, clarifies Lauderdale's stories on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

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As illustrated by the map (see fig. 4), Big Foot was not going toward the Stronghold in the Bad Lands but to the agency at Pine Ridge. Units were ordered-to the field to locate and obtain the surrender of Big Foot and his followers. On 28 December 1890 elements of the Seventh Cavalry and First Artilery under the command of Major Sammuel M. Whitside intercepted this cold, tired, hungry band of Lakota on the main road near Porcupine Butte en route to the agency at. Pine Ridge. S. Cavalry at Pine Ridge 1890.

Troop G mounted in line (Gray troop). Troop K dismounted in line. Scout tent from which hostile buck shot two soldiers. Tent occupied by Big Foot and his wife in front of which Big Foot was killed. Tents put up for the use of the hostiles. Council ring in or around which were Major Whitside, Captain. Varnum, Captain. Hoff, Lieutenant Robinson, Lieutenant Nichelson, Dr. Glennan, Captain Wallace; and near which were 16. 15. 14. 12. 13. II. 9. 10. 8. 7. 6. 5. General. Forsyth, Lieutenant. McConnick, and some reporters.

The Lakotas were among the largest and strongest tribes living on the Great Plains. In spite of war, disease, and loss of game and land caused by white migration, their number exceeded 25,000 in 1890. 24 Chapter One: Background 19 The treaty negotiated at the end of the Red Cloud War of 1868 designated the western half of South Dakota for the Lakota reservation. The right to hunt on the land north of the North Platte and the Republican Fork of the Smoky Hill River, their traditional hunting lands, as reserved exclusively for the Lakota.

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