Coming Through Fire PDF ePub eBook

Books Info:

Coming Through Fire free pdf The cold dawn of November 27, 1868, was the moment George Armstrong Custer had longed for ever since the Civil War ended three years before. It was also the moment Black Kettle of the Cheyenne nation had feared ever since he had survived the deadly attack on his people at Sand Creek, Colorado Territory. Custer, who gloried in battle, was no longer the national hero, the celebrity he had been in wartime. He was a forgotten man who had failed in his first Indian campaign the year before. He needed a resounding victory to resurrect the attention he craved, and the sleepy Cheyenne village along the banks of the Washita River - ironically near present-day Cheyenne, Oklahoma - proved irresistible. Custer led his 7th U.S. Cavalry in an early morning charge that wiped out the encampment, killing those who resisted and some of those who fled. Black Kettle's Cheyenne had signed documents of peace with the US Government as they had done before Sand Creek, but once again that did not protect them. Custer ordered his troops to capture women and children and traveled with these prisoners as a way to protect his column from a retaliatory strike on their way back to their post. Called both a massacre and a battle, the action at the Washita River returned Custer to national prominence as the "greatest Indian fighter of all." Coming Through Fire: George Armstrong Custer and Chief Black Kettle tells the converging stories of a Civil War hero and a native warrior who met along the Washita River. Black Kettle had given up fighting - he had "come through the fire" - and made his mark on treaty after treaty to try to save the Cheyenne and their way of life from the encroachments of the US government and white settlers. He watched the government breach the terms of each treaty, yet he continued to work for a compromise, knowing that negotiations were the only way his people could survive. But the flood of wagon trains and settlements, the killing of the great buffalo herds, the new diseases and broken promises, political ambition, naked greed, and continuing restrictions on land, food, and shelter persisted. As the US Army, including Custer, continued to attack and forceably move Indians to reservations despite treaties indicating otherwise, Black Kettle's dreams of peace were shattered. He ended his life face down in the freezing waters of the Washita River, shot by one of Custer's troopers. The "greatest Indian fighter," too, would not survive the Indian Wars, being cut down near the Little Big Horn River, in part for his actions against Black Kettle and the Cheyenne.

About Duane Schultz

DUANE SCHULTZ is a psychologist who has written more than a dozen books on military history, including Month of the Freezing Moon, about the Sand Creek massacre of 1864, and The Fate of War, about the battle of Fredericksburg in 1862, also available from Westholme Publishing.

Details Book

Author : Duane Schultz
Publisher : Westholme Publishing
Data Published : 15 November 2012
ISBN : 1594161658
EAN : 9781594161650
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
Rating :

Reviews Coming Through Fire

17 Comments Add a comment

Related eBooks Download

  • Custer's Arikara Indian Interpreter free pdfCuster's Arikara Indian Interpreter

    Marvin Woods' thoroughly researched chronicle follows the fascinating life of Frederick Francis Gerard. who is best known as Major General George Armstrong Custer's Indian Interpreter at the Battle of the Little Bighorn Expedition..

  • Playing Custer free pdfPlaying Custer

    Playing Custer is a novel narrated from varying points of view and time. illuminating personal and political events leading up to the death of General George Armstrong Custer. The historic events are framed by the story of two men from the late twentieth century--one white and one Native American--who travel together to the annual reenactment of the battle at the Little Bighorn National Monument battlefield..

  • The Last Days of George Armstrong Custer free pdfThe Last Days of George Armstrong Custer

    In this thrilling narrative history of George Armstrong Custer's death at the Little Bighorn. award-winning historian Thom Hatch puts to rest the questions and conspiracies that have made Custer's last stand one of the most misunderstood events in American history..

  • Elizabeth Bacon Custer and the Making of a Myth free pdfElizabeth Bacon Custer and the Making of a Myth

    George Armstrong Custer's death in 1876 at the Battle of the Little Bighorn left Elizabeth Bacon Custer a thirty-four-year-old widow whose debts greatly out-weighed her financial resources..

  • Under Custer's Command free pdfUnder Custer's Command

    George Armstrong Custer's fabled Fifth Regiment fougth with great distinction throughout the American Civil War and suffered teh third highest total of men in the Union cavalry who were either killed in action or died of their wounds..

  • Coming Through Fire free pdfComing Through Fire

    . The cold dawn of November 27, 1868, was the moment George Armstrong Custer had longed for ever since the Civil War ended three years before. It was also the moment Black Kettle of the Cheyenne natio