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Ned Wynkoop And The Lonely Road From Sand Creek

Author: Louis Kraft
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 0806189541
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When Edward W. Wynkoop arrived in Colorado Territory during the 1858 gold rush, he was one of many ambitious newcomers seeking wealth in a promising land mostly inhabited by American Indians. After he worked as a miner, sheriff, bartender, and land speculator, Wynkoop’s life drastically changed after he joined the First Colorado Volunteers to fight for the Union during the Civil War. This sympathetic but critical biography centers on his subsequent efforts to prevent war with Indians during the volatile 1860s. A central theme of Louis Kraft’s engaging narrative is Wynkoop’s daring in standing up to Anglo-Americans and attempting to end the 1864 Indian war. The Indians may have been dangerous enemies obstructing “progress,” but they were also human beings. Many whites thought otherwise, and at daybreak on November 29, 1864, the Colorado Volunteers attacked Black Kettle’s sleeping camp. Upon learning of the disaster now known as the Sand Creek Massacre, Wynkoop was appalled and spoke out vehemently against the action. Many of his contemporaries damned his views, but Wynkoop devoted the rest of his career as a soldier and then as a U.S. Indian agent to helping Cheyennes and Arapahos to survive. The tribes’ lifeways still centered on the dwindling herds of buffalo, but now they needed guns to hunt. Kraft reveals how hard Wynkoop worked to persuade the Indian Bureau to provide the tribes with firearms along with their allotments of food and clothing—a hard sell to a government bent on protecting white settlers and paving the way for American expansion. In the wake of Sand Creek, Wynkoop strove to prevent General Winfield Scott Hancock from destroying a Cheyenne-Sioux village in 1867, only to have the general ignore him and start a war. Fearing more innocent people would die, Wynkoop resigned from the Indian Bureau but, not long thereafter, receded into obscurity. Now, thanks to Louis Kraft, we may appreciate Wynkoop as a man of conscience who dared to walk between Indians and Anglo-Americans but was often powerless to prevent the tragic consequences of their conflict.

Ho For The Black Hills

Author: Jack Crawford
Publisher: SDSHS Press
ISBN: 0985281782
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In 1875, a young man from Pennsylvania known as Captain Jack joined the Dodge Expedition into the Black Hills of Dakota Territory, penning letters to the Omaha Daily Bee during that time and for six months in 1876. John Wallace Crawford, aka Captain Jack, wrote a vibrant account of this fascinating time in the American West. His correspondence featured unusual and intriguing details about the relative merits of the gulches, the vagaries and difficulties of travel in the region, the art of survival in what was essentially wilderness, the hardships of inclement weather, trouble with outlaws, and interactions with American Indians. Award-winning historian Paul L. Hedren has compiled these almost unknown letters, writing an introduction and essays, which result in a treasure trove of hitherto hidden primary documents as well as a ripping yarn in the traditions of the old West. Book jacket.

Theater Of A Separate War

Author: Thomas W. Cutrer
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469631571
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Though its most famous battles were waged in the East at Antietam, Gettysburg, and throughout Virginia, the Civil War was clearly a conflict that raged across a continent. From cotton-rich Texas and the fields of Kansas through Indian Territory and into the high desert of New Mexico, the trans-Mississippi theater was site of major clashes from the war's earliest days through the surrenders of Confederate generals Edmund Kirby Smith and Stand Waite in June 1865. In this comprehensive military history of the war west of the Mississippi River, Thomas W. Cutrer shows that the theater's distance from events in the East does not diminish its importance to the unfolding of the larger struggle. Theater of a Separate War details the battles between North and South in these far-flung regions, assessing the complex political and military strategies on both sides. While providing the definitive history of the rise and fall of the South's armies in the far West, Cutrer shows, even if the region's influence on the Confederacy's cause waned, its role persisted well beyond the fall of Richmond and Lee's surrender to Grant. In this masterful study, Cutrer offers a fresh perspective on an often overlooked aspect of Civil War history.

A Companion To Custer And The Little Bighorn Campaign

Author: Brad D. Lookingbill
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444351095
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An accessible and authoritative overview of the scholarship that has shaped our understanding of one of the most iconic battles in the history of the American West Combines contributions from an array of respected scholars, historians, and battlefield scientists Outlines the political and cultural conditions that laid the foundation for the Centennial Campaign and examines how George Armstrong Custer became its figurehead Provides a detailed analysis of the battle maneuverings at Little Bighorn, paying special attention to Indian testimony from the battlefield Concludes with a section examining how the Battle of Little Bighorn has been mythologized and its pervading influence on American culture

Valeron Der Barbar

Author: Andrew J. Offutt
Publisher: BookRix
ISBN: 3743869624
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Sie leben auf künstlich geschaffenen Planeten, die eine Hauptwelt umkreisen, fliegen mit Raumschiffen, deren Steuerung sie nicht begreifen, sind Nutznießer von Energien, deren Quelle sie nicht kennen. Kurzum: Sie zehren noch immer von den technischen Errungenschaften und dem Wissen der "Alten", ihren fernen Vorfahren.Dieses Wissen ging im "Großen Grimm" verloren, als man die Wissenschaftler und Techniker erschlug. Die Bewohner des künstlichen Weltenverbunds fielen auf ein vortechnisches Niveau zurück. Sie kämpfen mit Speer und Schwert und leben in den unverstandenen, teilweise noch funktionierenden Anlagen der "Alten". Und sie wissen eins: Droht die Einheit der Welten zu zerbrechen, werden sie vollends im Chaos versinken.Valeron, der Kriegsherr des rückständigsten Planeten, ist mit seinen Raumschiffen und seiner Horde unterwegs zur Zentralwelt, um dem Kaiser zu huldigen. Er muss bei seiner Ankunft jedoch feststellen, dass man ihm, dem Barbaren, dem dummen Hinterwäldler, eine Falle gestellt hat. Und er sieht bald ein, dass seine ungeheuren Muskelkräfte allein nicht ausreichen werden, um das fein gesponnene Netz der Intrigen zu zerreißen...Valeron, der Barbar, erstmals im Jahr 1977 erschienen, ist ein einzigartiger Hybrid aus Heroic Fantasy und geradezu archaischer Science Fiction - eine Hommage an Robert E. Howard, Lin Carter und Space Operas à la Flash Gordon gleichermaßen.Der Apex-Verlag veröffentlicht diesen Klassiker der Fantasy/der Science Fantasy als durchgesehene Neu-Ausgabe in der deutschen Übersetzung von Lore Straßl (* 31. August 1930; † 3. Juni 2003).