By Charles King

The massive Horn and Yellowstone excursion in 1876 was once winning in scattering the united and effective Indians of the Custer bloodbath. Commanded via common George criminal and protecting 8 hundred miles in ten weeks, the crusade used to be a difficult one on Indians and infantrymen alike. earlier than it ended, a number of the cavalrymen have been walking—their horses had both died or have been killed for nutrients. The Indians had their difficulties, too. the sooner Rosebud and Custer fights had expended a lot in their ammunition, their very own scorched-earth strategies had destroyed a lot in their grazing land, they usually have been pressed so demanding by means of criminal they'd little chance to hunt.The tale of the crusade is vividly informed through Charles King, adjutant of common Merritt’s 5th Cavalry. a very good better half quantity to newsman John F. Finerty’s War-Path and Bivouac (Norman, 1961), King’s account offers the soldier’s standpoint. It additionally covers the actions of the 5th Cavalry ahead of becoming a member of Crook’s strength, together with the struggle at the struggle Bonnet, which succeeded in turning a wide crew of Cheyennes again to the crimson Cloud employer and avoided their becoming a member of Sitting Bull. It was once at the warfare Bonnet that King witnessed Buffalo invoice Cody’s recognized struggle with Yellow Hand, which he recounts in detail.King’s e-book, first released in 1880, provides an articulate and specific photo of the risks and privations of Indian campaigning at its hardest.

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Illustration quality may vary from the originals. International Standard Book Number: 0-8061-1377-4 Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 64-11332 Campaigning with Crook is Volume 25 in The Western Frontier Library. Copyright © 1964 by the University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Publishing Division of the University. All rights reserved. A. 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Page vii Introduction by Don Russell The slope, covered with tangled, low shrubbery, became steeper and steeper; near the top a vertical cliff of jagged rocks stretched east and west the length of Sunset Mountain.

Our orders were to proceed with the utmost caution on nearing the trail. General Sheridan had clearly indicated that it must cross the valley of the South Cheyenne some distance west of the Beaver, and very near its confluence with the Mini Pusa. Stanton and I with our field glasses in hand were toiling up through the yielding, sandy soil with Little Bat; Lieutenant Keyes and the escort, leading their horses, following. Once at the top of the ridge we felt sure of seeing the country to the eastward, and hardly had Bat reached the crest and peered cautiously over than he made a quick gesture which called the Major and myself to his side.

It looked like a great highway, Page 16 deserted and silent; and it led from the thick timber in the Cheyenne Valley straight to the southeast up the distant slope and disappeared over the dim, misty range of hills in the direction of the Red Cloud and Spotted Tail reservations. General Sheridan was right. Sitting in his distant office in Chicago, he was so thoroughly informed that he could order out his cavalry to search through a region hitherto known only to the Sioux and tell them just where they would find the highway by which the vast hordes of hostiles under Sitting Bull were receiving daily reinforcements and welcome supplies of ammunition from the agencies three and four hundred miles to the southeast.

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