Custer, Black Kettle and the Fight on the Washita by Charles J. Brill

By Charles J. Brill

Utilizing Cheyenne and Arapaho bills, Charles J. Brill tells the tale of common George Armstrong Custer’s wintry weather crusade at the southern plains in 1868-69, together with his assault in Black Kettle’s village at the snowy backs of the Washita River. Brill’s searing account info the ruthlessness of the U.S. Army’s efforts to punish southern plains tribes for what they thought of incessant raiding and depredation. Brill offers the Indian perspective as he follows Custer right into a conflict that is still debatable to the current day.

In a brand new foreword to this version, Mark L. Gardner discusses the importance of Brill’s history-placing it in context with different Custer and Indian Wars studies-and its worth to students and basic readers this present day. Gardner additionally offers an outline of the profession of Oklahoma journalist Charles J. Brill, a lot of whose lifestyles has remained a secret formerly.

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Custer, Black Kettle and the Fight on the Washita

Utilizing Cheyenne and Arapaho money owed, Charles J. Brill tells the tale of common George Armstrong Custer’s iciness crusade at the southern plains in 1868-69, together with his assault in Black Kettle’s village at the snowy backs of the Washita River. Brill’s searing account info the ruthlessness of the U.

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During this skirmish one of his men was shot through the head, first casualty for the Army of the Potomac. Throughout his Civil War service Custer was brought into contact repeatedly with those who were to have a bearing on his Plains service. He was serving under General Hancock in the Williamsburg campaign and it was to be under this same commander that he received his introduction to Indian warfare. General George B. McClellan was commander-in-chief of the Army of the Potomac. This was the same McClellan who, a s a young engineer, had made the first survey of the north fork of Red River past the Wichita Mountains and on to the Staked Plains of Texas with the Marcy expedition of 1853.

It is one chapter all historians would have spared the story of the winning of the West; but faithfulness to fact demands that it be included. Black Kettle earned his right to be regarded the greatest chief the Cheyennes possessed, one of the greatest Indian leaders that ever roamed the plains, the most influential in his day from the Dominion t o the Rio Grande. He had earned undying fame on the warpath long before Custer was born. Eighteen years prior to the Battle of the Washita he was one of the most celebrated of Cheyenne war chiefs.

That their recollections might be more vivid and their disclosures accurate, they were taken by the writer, on more than one occasion, to the historic battlefield. There their revelations were made. - 20 - INTRODUCTION From Chief Magpie were obtained countless disclosures of heretofore unchronicled incidents connected with major events-the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 from which Black Kettle miraculously escaped; the Washita Battle in which Black Kettle was killed and Magpie was wounded; how the Cheyennes applied the Sacred Arrow ceremony to Custer on the Sweetwater; happenings a t the Battle of the Little Big Horn, whither Magpie had accompanied a band of Cheyennes which had followed Custer for seven years to avenge the Sacred Arrows and their martyred contemporaries.

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