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Blue Water Creek and the First Sioux War, 1854 - 1856 by R. Eli Paul

By R. Eli Paul

In earlier debts, the U.S. Army’s first clashes with the strong Sioux tribe seem as a suite of irrational occasions with a solid of inconceivable characters—a Mormon cow, a brash lieutenant, a drunken interpreter, an unlucky Brul? leader, and an incorrigible military commander. R. Eli Paul indicates as an alternative that the occasions that caused common William Harney’s assault on leader Little Thunder’s Brul? village foreshadowed the full background of clash among the USA and the Lakota people.Today Blue Water Creek is purely one of the modest streams coursing via Sioux nation. The conflicts alongside its margins were overshadowed through later, extra striking confrontations, together with the nice Sioux battle and George Custer’s premature dying alongside one other modest move. The Blue Water legacy has long past mostly underappreciated—until now. Blue Water Creek and the 1st Sioux conflict, 1854-1856 presents an intensive and goal narrative, utilizing a wealth of eyewitness bills to bare the importance of Blue Water Creek in Lakota and U.S. history.  

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Whined Harney unconvincingly, “Had the time lost in Congress in passing the bill for an increased military been spared to the Expedition, it would doubtless have been ready to enter the field in season. ”36 As an experienced and cunning army commander, this tactic could insulate him from later political reversals, or so he may have hoped. Paul Chapter 3 8/18/04 10:13 AM Page 42 Chapter 3 Overland Although General Harney may have lowered expectations with higher-ups, he did the opposite with subordinates.

It would take no ordinary effort to punish them. The task looked more daunting when he threw out this alarming statistic: The total force of the Department of the West, stationed in “the country between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains, except the departments of Texas and New Mexico,” amounted to a measly 1,855 officers and men. Understandably, efforts had begun to beef up these numbers through transfers. A recurrent theme for these months in late 1854 and early 1855 was one of a constant chess-piece maneuvering of desperately needed regulars across the military landscape.

I] stood by the cannon. . Then I saw them clean out the cannon preparing to load it. . The interpreter said to me, ‘It is my place to do as the captain [Fleming] tells me. 38 Together, they left the fort on the trail east that led to the massive Indian encampment. Man Afraid again tried to reason with Grattan, but the existence of large numbers of Sioux had no effect. ” The words fell on deaf ears, and those of the interpreter, that “[A]ll the Sioux were women,” hardly helped. 40 Paul Chapter 1 20 8/18/04 10:06 AM Page 20 blue water creek and the first sioux war They passed Man Afraid’s lodge in the Oglala village and continued toward Bordeaux’s trading house, three miles from Gratiot’s, and the nearby Brulé village that stretched along the river.

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