By Peter Cozzens
A Smithsonian most sensible historical past e-book of 2016
Finalist for the Gilder-Lehrman army background Prize
Bringing jointly a festival of attention-grabbing characters together with Custer, Sherman, provide, and a bunch of alternative army and political figures, in addition to nice local leaders similar to loopy Horse, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, and purple Cloud, The Earth is Weeping—lauded by way of Booklist as “a superbly written paintings of realizing and compassion”—is the fullest account to this point of ways the West was once won…and lost.
"[S]ets a brand new normal for Western Indian Wars history..." —Stuart Rosebrook, True West Magazine
With the top of the Civil struggle, the state recommenced its enlargement onto conventional Indian tribal lands, atmosphere off a wide-ranging clash that might last longer than 3 a long time. In an exploration of the wars and negotiations that destroyed tribal methods of lifestyles while they made attainable the emergence of the fashionable usa, Peter Cozzens provides us each side in accomplished and singularly intimate aspect. He illuminates the encroachment skilled by means of the tribes and the tribal conflicts over no matter if to struggle or make peace, and explores the squalid lives of infantrymen published to the frontier and the moral quandaries confronted through generals who usually sympathized with their local enemies.
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Their commander ordered his eighty-four men and two mountain howitzers into a battle line. 7 Lean Bear rode forward, and a sergeant cantered toward him. All must have seemed well to the chief. After all, he and the Great Father had pledged mutual peace. Dignitaries from around the globe had greeted him at the White House. Army officers in the forts around Washington had been gracious and respectful. The people of New York City had honored him. He had his medal and peace papers to prove that he was the white man’s friend.
At the conclusion of the last war in 1858, the vanquished Indians signed treaties that fixed their reservation boundaries. The herding of the Pacific Northwest tribes onto carefully prescribed tracts and the Fort Wise Treaty three years later were the first steps in what was gradually to become known as the policy of concentration. Indians would be removed from land that whites wanted or had already taken and relocated as far as possible from the contaminating influence of the invaders. Then would begin the noble experiment of converting the Indians into Christian farmers.
They had spotted four columns of mounted soldiers on the horizon, and the troops had cannon. As the crier awakened the village, Lean Bear rode forward with a small escort to meet the soldiers. His medal from President Lincoln rested on his breast in plain view, and in his hand he carried the peace papers from Washington. From atop a low rise, Lean Bear saw the troopers at the same time they saw him. Their commander ordered his eighty-four men and two mountain howitzers into a battle line. 7 Lean Bear rode forward, and a sergeant cantered toward him.