By Stan Edward Hoig
Popularised via Mari Sandoz's "Cheyenne Autumn", the Northern Cheyennes' 1878 get away from their Indian Territory Reservation to their local fatherland past the Platte River has turn into a subject matter of renewed educational curiosity. yet in contrast to different books written concerning the exodus of the Northern Cheyennes, Stan Hoig's "Perilous Pursuit" offers an entire account of not just the made up our minds flight of the Northern Cheyennes, but in addition 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 affliction 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 absolutely using the formerly ignored Cheyenne/Arapahoe organization 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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32 what are you sioux doing here? a total of 933 Cheyennes that included 235 men, 312 women, and 386 children. There were also 3 Arapaho men and 1 Arapaho woman. The rolls listed their chiefs as Dull Knife, with a family that included three women and one child; Standing Elk, with two women and eight children; Living Bear, with three women and seven children; and Turkey Leg, with one woman and three children. Little Wolf, who was not cited as a chief on the rolls, had four women and nine children.
Henry A. Hambright, newly assigned commander of Camp Supply, for rations and were rejected. As a starvation hunt 41 result, the Pawnees began trading off practically all of the wearing apparel issued to them before leaving their reservation. Choosing to cope with the freezing weather rather than with the gnawing hunger in their bellies, they sold their clothing to soldiers at Camp Supply at bargain prices to purchase food items from the post traders. 10 In an effort to avoid a clash between the two tribes, both of whom were well armed with breech-loading rifles as well as bows and arrows, Hambright and his interpreter Amos Chapman worked out a compromise.
Courtesy, Kansas State Historical Society. The Cheyennes blamed the Pawnees for driving off the herds, but in truth the Pawnees were having just as difficult a time. They, too, were desperately hungry. They had applied to Maj. Henry A. Hambright, newly assigned commander of Camp Supply, for rations and were rejected. As a starvation hunt 41 result, the Pawnees began trading off practically all of the wearing apparel issued to them before leaving their reservation. Choosing to cope with the freezing weather rather than with the gnawing hunger in their bellies, they sold their clothing to soldiers at Camp Supply at bargain prices to purchase food items from the post traders.