Absaraka Home of the Crows

ISBN-10: 0803263155
ISBN-13: 9780803263154
Edition: 1983 (Reprint)
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Description: On July 17, 1866, two soldiers and six wagoners were killed by Sioux Indians. In the next two weeks, fourteen more men died in Sioux attacks. The attacks continued through the summer and fall. On December 21, disaster struck. Recklessly pursuing  More...

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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 1983
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 11/1/1983
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

On July 17, 1866, two soldiers and six wagoners were killed by Sioux Indians. In the next two weeks, fourteen more men died in Sioux attacks. The attacks continued through the summer and fall. On December 21, disaster struck. Recklessly pursuing Indians across a wooded ridge, Brevet Lieutenant Colonel William Fetterman and his company fell into an ambush. It was the worst military blunder of the Indian Wars before the Battle of the Little Big Horn ten years later. Margaret Irvin Carrington, like many officers’ wives, kept a journal of her stay in the outposts of the West. She recorded her impressions of the scenery and the inhabitants of Absaraka, in present-day Wyoming, Montana, and the western Dakotas. As the wife of the commander of Fort Phil Kearny, Colonel Henry B. Carrington, she experienced the sequence of events and the heightening of tensions that led to that bloody December day. She could not have known that her journal would come to such a shocking climax, with her husband's career at stake.

Dedication
Prologue
Absaraka, Home of the Crows
Absaraka Described
The Natural History and Climate of Absaraka
Organization of the Expedition to Absaraka
From Fort Kearney to Crossing of Union Pacific Railroad - Incidents of the Platte River Travel - Reunion of the Officers of the Eighteenth Infantry - Crossing the Ridiculous Platte
Reminiscences of Ranching, and Old Times on the Route from Leavenworth to Sedgewick
Union Pacific Railroad to Laramie-court-House Rock - Chimney Rock-fortification Rock-scott's Bluffs - Wonderful Fishing-visit of Standing Elk
Fort Laramie Council of 1866-its Results Foreshadowed - the Aborigines in the Mart of Trade-how the Indians Did and Did Not
Laramie to Reno-camp Phisterer Canon-laramie Peak - Wild Flora-pumpkin Buttes
Fort Reno-indian Raid-fort Laramie Treaty Tested- Fourth of July in Absaraka-organization of Mountain District-onward Movement-more Rattlesnakes -mercury One Hundred and Thirteen Degrees above Zero-what It Did
Reconnoissances-indian Messengers-warnings-location of Fort Philip Kearney-conduct of the Troops, and Its Cause
Arrival of Indians-the Cheyennes in Council-black Horse, the Rabbit That Jumps, Red Sleeve, Dull Knife, and Others Have Much Talk and "Heap of Smoke."
Conduct of the Crow Indians-what Bridger and Beckwith Say
Visit of Inspector-General Hazen-reinforcements on the Way-mounted Infantry Compared with Sioux Light Cavalry-united States Mails-corral System -timber and Lumber Supplied to Order
Fort Philip Kearney and Surroundings-a Picnic - Ascent of the Mountains-lake Smedt-fine Scenery -plan of the Fort
Two Holidays-October Inspection and Review-first Garrison Flag Hoisted in Absaraka-incidents of the Day-indian Response to a National Salute-looking- Glasses in Abundance-evening Levee
A Day of Incidents-hostile Sioux and Friendly Cheyennes-narrow Escape of the Latter-our Picket Mimicked-more Massacres-croquet Introduced into Absaraka
Night Scenes-celestial and Terrestrial Visitors- Aurora-lunar Rainbow-meteorites-indians All in Their War-Paint
Domestic, Social, and Religious Life, with the Episodes Therein Occurring
Indian Warfare-things a Woman Can Learn When She Has Seen Them Tried
Indian Arms, Habits, and Customs-the Arrow Beats the Revolver
Massacre of Lieutenant Bingham - Accounts Given by Officers - Extracts from Journal
Fetterman's Massacre - Its Lessons
The Funeral, and Burial of Fourscore and One Victims of the Massacre - Cold and Sad Holidays - Expeditions Abandoned - Reinforcements of August Yet behind
Comedy of Errors-enterprise of the Press-transactions in Absaraka Mysteriously Known to the Public before They Had Information of the Same
New Year's Changes-March to Fort Reno-forty Degrees below Zero-how It Felt and What It Did
Fort Reno to Fort Caspar - Thence to the United States - Courtesies of the Route - Visit of Dignitaries, Military, Civil, and Indian, at M'Pherson - More Changes
In Memoriam
Omaha to Virginia City, Montana

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