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In The Shadow of Wounded Knee

2005 non fiction book by Roger Di Silvestro

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Another tiny piece of the intricate tapestry that is American history.

  • Jul 6, 2010

The more you read about American history the more you come to realize the significance that so many obscure and long forgotten events had on the history of our nation.  I have read about a great many such events over the past few years and this was a major reason that I was drawn to Roger DiSilvestro's new book "In The Shadow Of Wounded Knee: The Final Untold Chapter of the Indian Wars".  Certainly I had read about the tragic events that had taken place at Wounded Knee, SD in that last week of December 1890.  But I was totally clueless about the subsequent assassination of Lt. Edward Casey by a young Lakota warrier known as Plenty Horses and of the ambush and cold-blooded killing just days later of a middle-aged Lakota Indian known as Few Tails by three brothers named Culbertson.  Both Plenty Horses and the Culbertson brothers would be accused of murder and be forced to stand trial.  The outcomes of these trials were assumed to be a foregone conclusion but events were rapidly unfolding that had the potential to alter the outcomes of one or both of these trials.
There was much at stake for both the Lakota Indians and for the newly arrived ranchers and settlers.  Understanding just what was going on in the Dakotas during these troubled times would be extremely difficult without an understanding of the history of relations between the U.S. government and the Indian nations.  In the first four chapters of "In The Shadow Of Wounded Knee" Roger DiSilvestro does a superb job of getting the reader up to speed on this checkered history.  And so when these two unfortunate killings occur in January 1891 the reader is abundantly aware of the context in which this violence took place.  At the same time you will be much more likely to understand the highly charged climate that surrounded each of these trials.  If you are an avid reader of history like I am then "In The Shadow of Wounded Knee" will give you another little piece of the puzzle that will help you to understand just what was going on in the Plains as hostilities between the U.S. Army and the Indian nations were beginning to wind down.  Clearly most Indian leaders could see the handwriting on the wall.  "In The Shadow of Wounded Knee: The Final Untold Chapter of the Indian Wars " is extremely well researched and very well written.  My kudos to Roger DiSilvestro for a job well done.     Highly recommended!

Another tiny piece of the intricate tapestry that is American history. Another tiny piece of the intricate tapestry that is American history. Another tiny piece of the intricate tapestry that is American history. Another tiny piece of the intricate tapestry that is American history.

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In the Shadow of Wounded Knee
The Untold Final Story of the Indian Wars
Roger L. Di Silvestro

The story of the last deaths in the American Indian wars and their far-reaching ramifications

The massacre of at least 150 Indians by the U.S. Army along Wounded Knee Creek in the Lakota reservation on December 29, 1890 generally is considered the closing salvo in America's Indian Wars. But as Roger L. Di Silvestro reveals in startling detail, the fight was hardly over. Two tragic events in the weeks immediately following would reignite the conflict and forever color its legacy.
In the Shadow of Wounded Knee is the first book to chronicle the senseless killings that riveted the country in 1891: the assassination of Lieutenant Edward Casey by the young Brulé Lakota warrior Plenty Horses, and the ambush of Few Tails and two other Indians by rancher Pete Culbertsons and his brothers. According to frontier justice of the day, Plenty Horses would have been summarily hanged and the Culbertsons would never have been tried. Yet in the aftermath of Wounded Knee‹a slaughter that had horrified politicians, soldiers, and citizens alike‹the trial of Plenty Horses made headlines nationwide as a cause célèbre. Soon prosecutors faced a quandary: if Plenty Horses were convicted, then the Army itself would have to be held accountable for its actions at Wounded Knee. How Plenty Horses‹a "civilized" Indian who was educated in a school back east‹was ultimately exonerated, and the Culbertsons were forced ...
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ISBN-10: 0802714617
ISBN-13: 978-0802714619
Author: Roger Di Silvestro
Genre: Native American Studies, Native American
Publisher: Walker & Co.
Date Published: November 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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