Custer, Black Kettle, and the Fight on the Washita

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2002 - History - 323 pages

Using Cheyenne and Arapaho accounts, Charles J. Brill tells the story of General George Armstrong Custer’s winter campaign on the southern plains in 1868-69, including his attack in Black Kettle’s village on the snowy backs of the Washita River. Brill’s searing account details the ruthlessness of the U.S. Army’s efforts to punish southern plains tribes for what they considered incessant raiding and depredation. Brill provides the Indian point of view as he follows Custer into a battle that remains controversial to the present day.

In a new foreword to this edition, Mark L. Gardner discusses the significance of Brill’s history-placing it in context with other Custer and Indian Wars studies-and its Value to scholars and general readers today. Gardner also provides an overview of the career of Oklahoma journalist Charles J. Brill, much of whose life has remained a mystery until now.

 

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Contents

List of Illustrations ix
3
Wanted Jobs for Generals
11
George Armstrong Custer
31
Black Kettle and Other Chiefs
47
Creating New War Clouds
63
The Last Scrap of Paper
85
Organizing the Washita Campaign
99
Along the Washita
125
Custer Breaks Faith
231
Echoes of the Washita
249
Appendixes
265
Page
267
Appendix CText of Medicine Lodge Treaty of 1867
277
Appendix DLetter by E W Wynkoop CheyenneAra
289
Appendix FLetter by E W Wynkoop Denying
295
Appendix HGovernor Crawfords Complaint and
301

On to the Washita
139
The Washita Massacre
151
Clearing the Washita
181
Putting Custer on the Spot
207
Appendix JSequel to Killing of Blind Bear and Hawk
307
Appendix LLetter by J S Morrison Refuting Custers
313
Appendix MSpeeches of Little Raven and Stone Calf
321
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About the author (2002)

Charles J. Brill (1888-1956) was the author of Conquest of the Southern Plains, Brill's Outdoor Guide , and numerous newspaper and magazine articles.

Mark L. Gardner is the coeditor if The Mexican War Correspondence of Richard Smith Elliott (University of Oklahoma Press). A consultant to the National Park Service, he has written interpretive booklets for both Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and Washita Battlefield National Historic Site.

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