By Eli S. Ricker, Richard E. Jensen
During this moment quantity of interviews performed through Nebraska pass judgement on Eli S. Ricker, he specializes in white eyewitnesses and contributors within the occupying and settling of the yank West within the 19th century. In the 1st decade of the 20th century, because the previous West turned more and more far-off and romanticized in renowned attention, Eli S. Ricker (1842–1926) all started interviewing those that had skilled it firsthand, hoping to put in writing a multivolume sequence approximately its final days, centering at the conflicts among Natives and outsiders. For years Ricker traveled around the northern Plains, amassing info off and on reservations, in wintry weather and in summer season. pass judgement on Ricker by no means wrote his booklet, yet his interviews are useful resources of data approximately that point and position, and so they provide extra balanced views on occasions than have been accredited on the time. Richard E. Jensen brings jointly all of Ricker’s interviews with these women and men who got here to the yank West from elsewhere—settlers, homesteaders, and veterans. those interviews make clear such key occasions because the bloodbath at Wounded Knee, the Little Bighorn conflict, Beecher Island, Lightning Creek, the Mormon cow incident, and the Washita bloodbath. additionally of curiosity are glimpses of way of life at various enterprises, together with Pine Ridge, Yellow medication, and citadel Sill tuition; short although revealing memoirs; and snapshots of livestock drives, conflicts with Natives, and the development of the Union Pacific Railroad.
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If white men at such time ﬁght on the side of the Indians against the whites and attract attention by their bravery and prowess, they arouse the jealousy and enmity of the Indians, of those especially who are ambitious for honors. Again, their lives would be unsafe from other cause. The squaws mourning for their dead, killed by white men, would in obedience to the law of their race which is the law of Israel— ‘‘an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth’’—would have killed them. A squaw seeing a white man, for instance lying asleep, having lost a relative at the hands of a white man would bury an axe or a war club in the sleeper’s head.
A week later Bartlett gave Ricker a biographical sketch. [Tablet 45] Sketch of Capt. George E. Bartlett. Was born Aug. , and came with his parents to Sioux City, Iowa; and a year later he went up to the Yankton Agency and were employed in a trading store continuously from that time up to 1876. A party of 14 outﬁtted at Yankton for the Black Hills, among them were Milloy, an old California miner and Charley Green, who afterwards [was] killed on Centennial prairie (near Whitewood) by the Indians when he was hunting some hobbled horses, and Alex.
In another place a girl was found covering up some kind of ﬁrearms in like manner. The soldiers were searching the bags of knives and forks and taking all the murderous weapons. The wagons that the squaws had partly or wholly loaded were unloaded and examined for arms. He saw the little children in numbers playing about the tents like little chil13 dren around a country schoolhouse. Two hours afterwards he saw the same children lying dead or wounded where they had been cavorting in mirth just a little while before.