By Stan Edward Hoig
Popularised by means of Mari Sandoz's "Cheyenne Autumn", the Northern Cheyennes' 1878 get away from their Indian Territory Reservation to their local place of birth past the Platte River has turn into an issue of renewed educational curiosity. yet in contrast to different books written in regards to the exodus of the Northern Cheyennes, Stan Hoig's "Perilous Pursuit" presents a whole account of not just the decided flight of the Northern Cheyennes, but additionally 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 ache troops saddled with the duty of forestalling a foe way more ready to struggle than they, and an American country nearly absolutely insensitive to the welfare of its local humans. by way of absolutely applying the formerly overlooked Cheyenne/Arapahoe service provider 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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Nothing had been said in the treaty or otherwise about giving up their horses, and the Cheyennes were particularly incensed at that loss. “Before we came into Red Cloud,” Wild Hog claimed, “we had a good many horses; after getting there we were dismounted, and our horses taken away from us; but a part of them were given back to pack our things on. ”11 From the proceeds of the horse sale, Mackenzie purchased fifty-one cows for the Northern Cheyennes. These cows, however, were quickly devoured by the starved tribespeople.
There had been plenty of game in the high country along the Cheyenne, Belle Fourche, and Powder Rivers and in the Bighorn Mountains. Buffalo, antelope, deer, bear, and other animals could always be found, and there was plenty to eat. The people yearned for the light, cool air of the north and the fresh, sweet-tasting water that came down icy cold out of the mountains. It was especially rankling that although they had been sent south, the Northern Arapahos, with whom they had been confederated for so long, had been permitted to remain in the north.
Both men were oblivious to the irony that fourteen months later Lewis, a man sympathetic to the plight of the Northern Cheyennes, would perish in battle with these same tribesmen. That afternoon a dozen of their young men, gorgeously painted, held a dance in the town’s main street. One dancer wore a colorful feathered headdress; another’s head was bedecked with horns. Before renewing their march, the Cheyennes were issued rations at Fort Dodge consisting of sugar, coffee, tea, rice, beans, bacon, beef, and tobacco.
Perilous pursuit: the U.S. Cavalry and the northern Cheyennes by Stan Edward Hoig