By Eli S. Ricker, Richard E. Jensen
During this moment quantity of interviews carried out through Nebraska pass judgement on Eli S. Ricker, he makes a speciality of white eyewitnesses and contributors within the occupying and settling of the yank West within the 19th century. In the 1st decade of the 20 th century, because the outdated West grew to become more and more far-off and romanticized in well known realization, Eli S. Ricker (1842–1926) all started interviewing those that had skilled it firsthand, hoping to write down a multivolume sequence approximately its final days, centering at the conflicts among Natives and outsiders. For years Ricker traveled around the northern Plains, accumulating details off and on reservations, in iciness and in summer time. pass judgement on Ricker by no means wrote his publication, yet his interviews are necessary resources of knowledge approximately that point and position, they usually supply extra balanced views on occasions than have been authorized on the time. Richard E. Jensen brings jointly all of Ricker’s interviews with these women and men who got here to the yankee West from elsewhere—settlers, homesteaders, and veterans. those interviews make clear such key occasions because the bloodbath at Wounded Knee, the Little Bighorn conflict, Beecher Island, Lightning Creek, the Mormon cow incident, and the Washita bloodbath. additionally of curiosity are glimpses of daily life at diversified businesses, together with Pine Ridge, Yellow drugs, and citadel Sill tuition; short although revealing memoirs; and snapshots of farm animals drives, conflicts with Natives, and the development of the Union Pacific Railroad.
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Many fell by the hands of their own men. 18 Mr. 44 A soldier also came (also Asay and 2 or 3 others with him) behind this house. The bugle sounded the order to fall back into line. Then followed several volleys of small arms. The Hotchkiss guns were ﬁred at this time. ) When the ﬁring had about ceased all behind the house went back to the ﬁeld. When the soldiers fell back under orders & formed the line of battle the troops came into view of the trench on the north side and at the bottom of the gulch under the bank, and the killing and wounding of the women & girls here now took place.
K. Creek and were followed by soldiers and shot in the creek. Dr. Walker says he has heard from other sources of this incident of the killing of these in this manner. W. that these bodies were found in the creek. Antoine Herman lives in Kyle. Dr. Walker says that Red Cloud was not a chief but a head warrior. Mr. Samuel Deon has told me the same thing. Dr. Walker adds that Red Cloud was cruel. P. R. and fed the ﬁreman into the ﬁre box. Another story of this character is, that the Doctor mentions, that at another time Red Cloud and some of his friends tied a railroad employee to a telegraph pole and shot his body full of arrows.
Four hundred Indians were killed and in all forty-three soldiers in this so-called battle. When I described the aﬀair to Gen. Brooke he could not at ﬁrst believe me, but was soon convinced as the troops came in with their dead and wounded. About the investigation which followed? Naturally my feelings were with the Seventh, and this is the ﬁrst time I have ever told the story of what I saw. Many soldiers were afterwards heard to remark that the accounts with the Sioux for the Custer massacre were partly squared.