Jerry Green's After Wounded Knee: Correspondence of Major and Surgeon John PDF
By Jerry Green
The Wounded Knee bloodbath of December 29, 1890, recognized to U.S. army historians because the final conflict in "the Indian Wars," used to be in fact one other tragic occasion in a bigger trend of conquest, destruction, killing, and damaged gives you that proceed to this day.
On a chilly winter's morning greater than a century in the past, the U.S. 7th Cavalry attacked and killed greater than 260 Lakota males, girls, and youngsters at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. within the aftermath, the damaged, twisted our bodies of the Lakota humans have been quickly lined via a blanket of snow, as a snow fall swept throughout the nation-state. a couple of days later, veteran military health professional John Vance Lauderdale arrived for accountability on the within reach Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. surprised via what he encountered, he wrote a number of letters to his closest family detailing the occasions, aftermath, and lifestyle at the Reservation below army profession. He additionally handled the wounded, either Cavalry infantrymen and Lakota civilians. What distinguishes After Wounded Knee from the massive physique of literature already on hand at the bloodbath is Lauderdale's frank value determinations of army lifestyles and a private statement of the tragedy, untainted via self-serving memory or decorated newspaper and political stories. His experience of frustration and outrage towards the army command, specially about the strategies used opposed to the Lakota, is vividly obvious during this intimate view of Lauderdale's existence. His correspondence offers new perception right into a regularly occurring topic and used to be written on the peak of the cultural fight among the U.S. and Lakota humans. Jerry Green's cautious enhancing of this immense assortment, a part of the loo Vance Lauderdale Papers within the Western Americana assortment in Yale University's Beinecke Library, clarifies Lauderdale's reviews on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
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Extra resources for After Wounded Knee: Correspondence of Major and Surgeon John Vance Lauderdale while Serving with the Army Occupying the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, 1890-1891
Captain Wallace was found near the center of the council ring. Big Foot was killed two-three yards in front of his tent. Father Craft was near center of ring when stabbed. Indians broke to the west through Band K Troops. 21. 19. 20. 18. 17. CJ ;:l-' W IJt ~ ;;:l ;: i ~ I;l tJ:I ~ ;;:l 0 '".... -§ 36 After Wounded Knee Wounded Lakota prisoners inside the Episcopal Chnrch at Pine Ridge. Photograph courtesy of the Sonth Dakota State Historical Society. 94 Dr. Ewing stated, "I have reason to believe that some of our men were killed by the fire of others of our troops.
Chapter One: Background 13 medical department could test its ability to summon medical personnel and hospital equipment from around the country in the event of casualties. Soon after the Civil War, the federal armies were disbanded. The regular army shrank to its peacetime strength of 25,000 men6 and to its previous state of service in small, isolated posts, primarily on the western frontier. The army's medical department also returned to a peacetime status. Headed by a surgeon general, who had overall control of the medical department, each of the army's geographical departments was assigned a medical director.
Col. 93 Medical reports of multiple high-caliber gunshot wounds to the soldiers support the allegations of crossfire due to the poor placement of the troops. ~G I I I I I 16 I NORTH I ~ ~IIIIIIIIIIIIII I i--'--- II 111111111 15 fli JI. III I Figure 5. Map Redrawn by Dell Darling, Nebraska State Historical Society. Map of the Battlefield of Wounde( Knee Creek. (From a map in the James W. :-:-:-18(fl~r- 17 ~ ------- ~----- ~ ~ ~ 1} ~ § .... ~ <$ ~ 4. 3. 2. I. "K" "G" "E" "D" "e" "A&I" "B" "A&I" 76 men from A&I troops forming dismounted line of sentinels.
After Wounded Knee: Correspondence of Major and Surgeon John Vance Lauderdale while Serving with the Army Occupying the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, 1890-1891 by Jerry Green