The First Sioux War: The Grattan Fight and Blue Water Creek, 1854-1856

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University Press of America, 2004 - 182 Seiten
The First Sioux War was a vitally important conflict that helped define Lakota Sioux / white relations; created a closer national unity among the Sioux; and allowed the United States Army to develop new military tactics, which would eventually be used to defeat the Plains Indians. The war influenced future Sioux leaders like Crazy Horse, Spotted Tail, and Sitting Bull. Fought between two expanding peoples, the Sioux and the Americans, the First Sioux War produced two engagements, both worthy of study-the Grattan Fight and Blue Water Creek. The Grattan Fight, a debacle for the army, caused heated debate in Congress, fueled animosity between the army and Indian Bureau, and allowed Secretary of War Jefferson Davis to increase the size of the army. Blue Water Creek, a punitive expedition led by General William S. Harney, completely destroyed two Sioux villages. During the First Sioux War, Harney used new tactics that officers serving on the expedition would later use in the Civil and Indian wars. Stunned by their losses, the Sioux quickly sought peace, but they never forgot the catastrophic lessons learned. For the Sioux, the war helped define a unified response to further white encroachment after the Civil War.
 

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there exists a nation of barbarians
1
I have little confidence in their promises of good conduct
19
The Grattan Fight a piece of foolishness
39
It will be an expensive cow
63
Blue Water Creek By God I am for battle no peace
83
We of necessity killed a great many women and children
105
They have no desire nor wish to fight or prolong the war
123
Epilogue
135
Endnotes
139
Bibliography
169
Index
179
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Paul N. Beck is Associate Professor of History at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Professor Beck holds a Ph.D. in 19th century American History from Marquette University.

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