The Compelling, Tragic Story of a Great Cheyenne Chief As white settlers poured into the west during the nineteenth century, many famous Indian chiefs fought to stop them, including Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, and Geronimo. But one great Cheyenne chief, Black Kettle, understood that the whites could not be stopped. To save his people, he worked unceasingly to establish peacThe Compelling, Tragic Story of a Great Cheyenne Chief As white settlers poured into the west during the nineteenth century, many famous Indian chiefs fought to stop them, including Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, and Geronimo. But one great Cheyenne chief, Black Kettle, understood that the whites could not be stopped. To save his people, he worked unceasingly to establish peace and avoid bloodshed. Yet despite his heroic efforts, the Cheyennes were repeatedly betrayed and would become the victims of two notorious massacres, the second of which cost Black Kettle his life. In this first biography of black Kettle, historian Thom Hatch at last gives us the full story of this illustrious Native American leader, offering an unforgettable portrait of a chief who sought peace but found war. Praise For Thom Hatch The Blue, the Gray, and the Red "Clear and even-handed. . . . This popular history recounts grim, bloody, lesser-known events of the Civil War. . . . The slaughter of Black Kettle's Cheyennes at Sand Creek . . . forms a devastating chapter." -Publishers Weekly The Custer Companion "Highly recommended . . . a reliable and impartial guide to the subject and literature." -Library Journal Custer and the Battle of Little Bighorn "A work that is readable by itself, meticulously researched and clearly written." -The Tulsa World...
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Black Kettle: The Cheyenne Chief Who Sought Peace But Found War Reviews
With the coming of the Europeans to America's shores, it was only a matter of time before the settlers whose ancestors were from the Old World would lock horns with the many Native American tribes that roamed across the Great Plains. With only a small amount of traffic going across the Santa Fe Trail beforehand, the discovery of gold near preent-day Denver sparked a rush of miners and others who would profit from the new discoveries. The resulting antagonsim from the influx of settlers into Indian lands resulted in attacks depredations by the Indians as well as counterattacks from the whites.This book is about the life of the Cheyenne chief, Black Kettle, who saw that the combined forces of the Indians of the plains would be no match for the might of the United States Army and tried to resolve the conflicts between the two races peacefully. Not only did he face opposition from the new settlers, but also from members of his own tribe, especially the fierce Dog Soldiers.The story is told brilliantly by the author and it illustrates the conflict, the betrayal of the Indians by corrupt Indian agents and U.S. soldiers through fraud and broken treaties and the needless killing of innocent women and children at Sand Creek, CO in 1864 and along the Washita River near present-day Cheyenne, OK in 1868 where Black Kettle would meet his tragic demise at the hands of General Custer.Despite the harshness of his life, Black Kettle fervently sought peace for his people and did what he could to keep violence at a minimum to his last days. He learned from his experiences that peace was possible, for his tribe the Cheyenne made peace with their previous enemies, the Kiowas and the Comanches. It is a shame that it has been only in the past few years that a biography of any kind has been created for Black Kettle. Mr. Hatch does a yeoman's job of bringing to life the career of this peaceful man who tried to minimize the sorrow of his people that still exists unto this day.The book is a quick read at around 270 pages with a good biblipgraphy, endnotes and index. I recommend this book to anybody who wants to drop the old myths and tales about the original inhabitants of this land.
I bought this book at Washita National Site and books in National Park and Historic Site book stores are always good. This one was no exception. It was a bit pricey but worth it. Hatch takes us through Black Kettle's life and readers wonder how a man could continue to seek peace when he had been lied to and betrayed so many times. At the end, one realizes that the Whites were never going to have it any way but theirs at any cost. Hatch minces no words in revealing the characters of Chivington and Evans in Colorado. How can any man, one a Methodist minister, go after another human (one seeking peace and not at war) with intent to kill and then mutilate the bodies in such disgusting ways? The story of the Indian Wars (misnomer in my book) is an old one, but Hatch really tells the other side of story for a change.
It took me some time to finally finish reading this book. I purposely spread out the time, as the content of the book is tragic. I was left feeling a lot of rage, anger, sadness and complete disgust mixed with shock at how Black Kettle and his tribe were treated at the hands of the white man. Although it's a sad book, it is one that is important and needs to be told and studied to fully comprehend America's dark and troubled history with Native American people. A must read for all.
Interesting story. Could have used a proofreader.