By George Bent, George E. Hyde
George Bent, the son of William Bent, one of many founders of Bent's citadel at the Arkansas close to current l. a. Junta, Colorado, and Owl girl, a Cheyenne, all started changing letters in 1905 with George E. Hyde of Omaha bearing on existence on the castle, his reports together with his Cheyenne kinsmen, and the occasions which eventually ended in the army suppression of the Indians at the southern nice Plains. This correspondence, which persisted to the eve of Bent's loss of life in 19 18, is the resource of the narrative the following released, the narrator being Bent himself.Nearly thirty-eight years have elapsed because the day in 1930 whilst Mr. Hyde came upon it very unlikely to industry the completed manuscript of the Bent existence right down to 1866. (The melancholy had set in a few months before.) He consequently bought that section of the manuscript to the Denver Public Library, maintaining his operating replica, which incorporates right down to 1875. The account hence embraces the main stirring interval, not just of Bent's personal lifestyles, yet of lifestyles at the Plains and into the Rockies. It hasn't ever earlier than been published.It isn't really frequently that an eyewitness of serious occasions within the West tells his personal tale. yet Bent's narrative, other than the level of its chronology (1826 to 1875), has very distinctive importance as an within view of Cheyenne lifestyles and motion after the Sand Creek bloodbath of 1864, which expense such a lot of of the lives of Bent's acquaintances and kinfolk. it truly is rarely possible that we will in achieving a extra real view of what occurred, because the Cheyennes, Arapahos, and Sioux observed it.
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An old Cheyenne man stood up and spoke to the warriors. 9 Abandoning the village on the lake, the tribe moved west of Red River and built a very strong village of earth lodges surrounded by a stockade on a bluff overlooking the valley of Sheyenne Fork, which flows into Red River from the west. ")10 8 White Frog and the other old people say that this French fort was near "the big river," which is the Cheyenne name for the Mississippi. It is well known that a party of Cheyennes visited La Salle at his post, Fort Crève Coeur (near Peoria) on the Illinois River, in 1680, and it is quite probable that the Cheyenne tradition as given above refers to this visit to La Salle's fort.
H. 12 Bracketed data, George Bent to George E. L. Page 11 feasted on the parts of the game that had been thrown aside while the butchering was going on. I have often heard old people describe how mother dogs who had little puppies in the camp would run to the slaughter ground and gorge themselves with meat and then run back to camp and disgorge part of the meat for their puppies to feed on. Sometimes a mother would make several trips to the slaughtering place, miles from camp, to get enough meat for her litter of young ones.
Perhaps that clear copy of eight of the fifteen chapters he had originally constructed, plus those remaining in his working notes in Omaha, might be publishable. Thirty-six years had elapsed since Mr. Hyde had closed out of his thinking the frustrations he had experienced in trying to get the manuscript published in the early Depression years. Unable to place it with a publisher, he had offered it through a book and manuscript dealer to the Denver Public Library. Records of the Library establish the sum paid as three hundred dollars, but Mr.
Life of George Bent written from his letters by George Bent, George E. Hyde