By Jesse W. Vaughn
In Indian Fights, J. W. Vaughn offers distinctive money owed of the battles, cautious descriptions of the battlefields, and fascinating asides at the U.S. military officials and infantrymen serving within the West in the course of and after the Civil War.
Using a steel detector, Vaughn exposed cartridge circumstances, bullets, and different particles marking conflict occasions, permitting him to reconstruct many little-known battles intimately. He analyzed a few engagements that happened round Cheyenne Fork, Wyoming, a well-liked tenting position at the outdated Bozeman path, evaluating his findings with the mass of conflicting stories, govt files, newspaper debts, and different assets protecting the battles.
New gentle is shed at the Fetterman catastrophe, partially absolving Brevet Lieutenant Colonel William H. Fetterman of the blame many historians have put on him for disobeying orders. Vaughn additionally discusses a normally forgotten engagement close to citadel C. F. Smith, battles close to castle Laramie, the Rosebud crusade, and the aftermath of the defeat of basic George Armstrong Custer on the conflict of the Little Bighorn.
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Carrington at the entrance to the stockade. “ I replied, “No, Col. ” Col. Carrington then related that he had sent out Capt. 27 After the infantry and cavalry detachments had left, Carrington “sent Dr. C. M. ” In this statement Carrington recognizes that Fetterman was not at the wood train. That none of the relief party was at the wood train is borne out by Dr. C . M. Hines in his testimony before the Sanborn Commission on March 11, 1867, at Omaha, Nebraska : I was ordered, perhaps an hour after they had left the Fort, by Colonel Carrington, to go to the wood train.
Q: During the time, how did the enlisted men employ their time? A: In answering the question I shall have to answer it in various ways, as there was paroled prisoners from the Guard House in the garrison, and who had the liberty of such, and there was a detachment of mounted men belonging to the Post from different Companies, which detachment had no direct or immediate commander. The first party spoken of, the paroled prisoners, being without guard, seemed to exercise their pleasure, if such it should be called, of breaking into the SutIers Store, which facts came under my official notice.
Q: What was the cause of the want of discipline at Fort Philip Kearny, during the time mentioned? Indian Fights .. A: A want of proper support, officially and personally . from the Commanding Officer. Q: During the time, how did the enlisted men employ their time? A: In answering the question I shall have to answer it in various ways, as there was paroled prisoners from the Guard House in the garrison, and who had the liberty of such, and there was a detachment of mounted men belonging to the Post from different Companies, which detachment had no direct or immediate commander.
Indian Fights: New Facts on Seven Encounters by Jesse W. Vaughn