Captured By The Indians: 15 Firsthand Accounts, 1750-1870 by Frederick Drimmer

By Frederick Drimmer

Staggering eyewitness money owed of Indian captivity via those that lived to inform the tale. Fifteen precise adventures recount discomfort and torture, bloody massacres, relentless objectives, incredible escapes, and adoption into Indian tribes. interesting ancient list and revealing photograph of Indian tradition and frontier existence. creation. Notes.

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He replied he did, and would obey them to the letter.  .  Wagons and ambulances were hurried up; the whole garrison was on the alert; extra ammunition for both parties was started, and even the prisoners were put on duty to give the guard and all available men their perfect freedom for whatever might transpire.  [T]he whole force of armed men left at the post, including guard and everything, was but one hundred and nineteen men.  The captain sadly announced that Fetterman's entire command had been wiped out.

Charles Springer describes the initial attack.  23 Four days later, on September 5, Springer's diary took a more personal turn. 24 With ten men Springer was ordered to hold the northwest edge of camp.  Sergt.  government was coming to the grim realization that only a permanent presence in the heart of Indian country could bring the defiant warriors to terms.  Other routes, however, including the Santa Fe and Smoky Hill roads in Kansas and the Bozeman Trail from Fort Laramie to the mines of Montana, were still largely under Indian control.

And two men were killed.  and eight men were killed, two were wounded, and one of these died of his wounds.  Joseph Postlewaite and Stockley Williams were killed within four miles of Fort Reno.  with an arrow in his hip.  Private Gilchrist was killed.  but his remains were not recovered.  but crawled a half mile to the block­house, and survived twenty­four hours.  As a result, he consistently ordered his men to break off hot pursuits, especially Page 26 those that might lead over Lodge Trail Ridge, a long slope several miles northwest of the post.

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