By Stan Edward Hoig
Popularised by means of Mari Sandoz's "Cheyenne Autumn", the Northern Cheyennes' 1878 break out from their Indian Territory Reservation to their local place of origin past the Platte River has develop into a subject matter of renewed educational curiosity. yet in contrast to different books written in regards to the exodus of the Northern Cheyennes, Stan Hoig's "Perilous Pursuit" presents an entire account of not just the decided flight of the Northern Cheyennes, but additionally of the beleaguered US cavalry ordered to pursue them.In a well-paced dramatic narrative, Hoig tells the tale of betrayed humans, incompetent army management, a penurious Congress, a hard-pressed Indian Bureau, the ache troops saddled with the duty of forestalling a foe way more ready to struggle than they, and an American country virtually completely insensitive to the welfare of its local humans. by way of totally utilizing the formerly overlooked Cheyenne/Arapahoe employer papers, the officer experiences, and court-martial tales of the Fourth Cavalry officials and enlisted males, Hoig explains how and why this trip broken such a lot of lives, either white and local.
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Extra resources for Perilous pursuit: the U.S. Cavalry and the northern Cheyennes
At the same time, the federal government did nothing to prevent or impede the wholesale slaughter of buffalo by white hunters. In truth, some within government and without argued that the demise of the buffalo was the most efficient way to solve the Indian problem in the West. Ben Clark later testified to a Senate committee: I F ANY SINGLE EVENT CONVINCED MANY From my observation, [after] the arrival of the Northern Cheyenne and ever since the Agency was built here the rations would not have been sufficient if the Indians had not supported themselves on the buffalo at 38 starvation hunt least one third of the year.
Both men were oblivious to the irony that fourteen months later Lewis, a man sympathetic to the plight of the Northern Cheyennes, would perish in battle with these same tribesmen. That afternoon a dozen of their young men, gorgeously painted, held a dance in the town’s main street. One dancer wore a colorful feathered headdress; another’s head was bedecked with horns. Before renewing their march, the Cheyennes were issued rations at Fort Dodge consisting of sugar, coffee, tea, rice, beans, bacon, beef, and tobacco.
Miles said he would look into the matter. He alerted the agency Indian police to go to the northerners’ camps and see if any of their young men had left or were getting ready to leave. At the same time, he sent his clerk to Fort Reno to notify Mizner that some Northern Cheyennes had departed. The message became badly mangled in transmission. Mizner asked the clerk if many of the northerners had left. The man was unsure. ” Mizner ordered the two troops of Fourth Cavalry then at Fort Reno into their saddles to pursue the Northern Cheyennes.