Gall: Lakota War Chief

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2007 - History - 301 pages
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Called the “Fighting Cock of the Sioux” by U.S. soldiers, Hunkpapa warrior Gall was a great Lakota chief who, along with Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, resisted efforts by the U.S. government to annex the Black Hills. It was Gall, enraged by the slaughter of his family, who led the charge across Medicine Tail Ford to attack Custer's main forces on the other side of the Little Bighorn.

Robert W. Larson now sorts through contrasting views of Gall, to determine the real character of this legendary Sioux. This first-ever scholarly biography also focuses on the actions Gall took during his final years on the reservation, unraveling his last fourteen years to better understand his previous forty.

Gall, Sitting Bull's most able lieutenant, accompanied him into exile in Canada. Once back on the reservation, though, he broke with his chief over Ghost Dance traditionalism and instead supported Indian agent James McLaughlin's more realistic agenda. Tracing Gall's evolution from a fearless warrior to a representative of his people, Larson shows that Gall contended with shifting political and military conditions while remaining loyal to the interests of his tribe.

Filling many gaps in our understanding of this warrior and his relationship with Sitting Bull, this engaging biography also offers new interpretations of the Little Bighorn that lay to rest the contention that Gall was “Custer's Conqueror.” Gall: Lakota War Chief broadens our understanding of both the man and his people.

  

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What a great read about a Chief who has faded with history. This book held my interest all the way through and was one of those books you hate to get to the end of because you miss reading it every night. Robert W. Larson does a great job writing this one. What a comfortable interesting read.

Contents

List of Illustrations
ix
Preface
xi
Like a Roman Warrior
3
Little Cub Bear
15
Proving Himself
26
The New Enemies
40
In Search of a Treaty
58
Threats along the Yellowstone
73
The Zealous Pursuit
144
The Canadian Exile
157
Standing Rock
174
The Sioux Bills
197
The Death of Sitting Bull
211
His Final Years
230
Notes
239
Bibliography
275

The Path to War
93
The Little Bighorn
112

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About the author (2007)

Robert W. Larson is retired as Professor of History at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.

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