Eyewitness to the Old West: Firsthand Accounts of Exploration, Adventure, and Peril

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Richard Scott
Roberts Rinehart, Feb 7, 2004 - History - 432 pages
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A collection of over 150 vignettes from the journals and diaries of people who lived or traveled in the Old West, these accounts begin with the sixteenth-century collisions between the Spaniards and the Indians and conclude with Black Elk's mournful description of the Battle of Wounded Knee in 1890. Storytellers include explorers, missionaries, India leaders, a poet, an artist, and a future president.
 

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Contents

Life Is Cheap on the Yellowstone October 1 1864
187
Testimony on the Sand Creek Massacre March 14 1865
191
Assault on a Prairie Dog Town c Fall 1866
195
A Cowboy Wedding Winter 1866
197
The Problem with Disobeying Orders December 21 1866
201
The Battle Scene of the Fetterman Massacre December 22 1866
206
Martial Law on the Plains June 16 1867
209
The Wagon Box Fight August 1 1867
212

An Artists Description of a Sioux Home c Summer 1832
24
Creasing a Wild Horse c 1832
28
The Effect of a Meteor Shower on the Crows c October 1832
30
Suffering in a Desolate Wilderness c February 1833
34
A Grave for a Trapper c September 1833
37
The Power of a Pawnee Bow May 22 1834
41
Getting Acquainted with a Grizzly August 20 1834
42
Why She Ran Away June 10 1835
44
A Buffalo Dance July 29 1835
46
Surrounded at the Alamo February 23 1836
48
Captured by Comanches April 4 1836
51
Christmas Frolicking at Fort Union c 1838
54
The Yearly Rendezvous c July 1839
56
WalksGallopingOn Falls from Grace c 1840
60
A Floods Aftermath c Summer 1846
62
Birthing at Bents Fort July 31 1846
64
Were Taking Your Country August 15 1846
66
A Funeral in Santa Fé c August 1846
69
The Power of the BlackRobes September 12 1846
71
Night Sounds of an Oglala Village c 1846
73
A Blizzard in South Park c Winter 1847
76
You Dont Know What Trubel Is Yet May 16 1847
79
Hanging Mexican Murderers c Spring 1847
85
A Scouts Experience Saves Lives c June 1848
88
The Painted Ladies of Santa Fé c Summer 1848
92
Southwestern Mirages September 1 1848
94
The Disaster of Frémonts Fourth Expedition February 10 1849
96
Being Apprehensive around Apache Warriors c February 1849
100
Unexpected Party Guests July 4 1849
104
A Gift for a Gift c Summer 1849
106
Inability to Save Mrs White c October 1849
108
Business Dealings in San Francisco c January 1850
112
Justifying Stealing a Gold Claim c January 1850
115
Captive Girls Brought into an Indian Village March 21 1851
117
Fighting Comanches on the Santa Fé Trail May 21 1853
120
Attending a Fandango September 29 1853
123
A Brides Possessions c May 1854
126
Day and Night Cannot Dwell Together c December 1854
128
Wanting to Minister to Another Woman August 31 1855
132
Wilderness FirstAid c 1855
134
Report on the Mormon Handcart Company November 2 1856
136
Provisions for Crossing the Plains c 1859
140
Overland by Stagecoach October 10 1858
144
Scalping Comanche Warriors c 1859
147
Burial at Mountain Meadows May 6 1859
150
A New Home at Gold Hill c July 1860
153
A Mysterious Corpse c 1860
156
Suspicious Shooting of an Officer c October 1860
158
Dissolution of a Partnership c Winter 1860
160
The Longest Pony Express Ride c May 1861
163
Everything Went Off Quietly December 24 1862
166
Beans Anyone? c 1863
171
The Greatest of Wrongs c 1863
175
Inflation Comes to the Frontier c May 1863
179
The Vigilante Committee Takes Care of Slade c January 1864
181
HandtoHand Fighting an Apache Brave c August 1864
184
Diary of a Horse Trader c 1867
216
Letter to a Bereaved Father August 23 1867
218
The Fight at Beecher Island September 17 1868
221
Why I Dont Mingle in Society September 22 1868
230
Just Desserts for a Mule c 1868
232
The Death of Innocents c November 1868
236
A Rose among Thorns c November 1868
237
The Golden Spike Is Driven May 10 1869
239
Paying Attention to a Good Pony c 1869
241
Floating the Grand Canyon August 14 1869
243
Being Fast on the Draw c January 1870
246
A Frontier House Beautiful April 11 1871
248
Concerns of an Officers Wife c Autumn 1872
251
Exchanging Courtesies c Autumn 1872
254
A Visit to Denver c October 1873
256
Double Perils of Frontier Women c 1873
258
A Buffalo Hunter Calculates His Earnings c 1874
261
Doctoring in the Seventh Cavalry July 21 1874
265
Capturing Wild Mustangs c September 1875
268
Searching for Stone Bones c Autumn 1875
273
The Fight on the Little Bighorn June 25 1876
275
The Spoils of War June 26 1876
281
The Murder of Wild Bill Hickok August 2 1876
288
The Great Northfield Raid September 7 1876
290
Two Hundred Shots in Four Minutes c October 1876
295
AWalk before Breakfast c 1877
299
The Death of Crazy Horse c September 1877
301
I Will Fight No More Forever October 5 1877
303
Geronimo Makes Demands c Spring 1878
306
GirlStealing c Summer 1878
308
Christmastime at Fort Dodge December 24 1878
315
Enforcement of Civil Rights Laws c 1879
318
A Navaho Grandmothers Medicine c 1879
320
Night Tranquility at Fort Elliott c 1879
323
Burro Punching in the San Juans c 1879
326
Racing with Silvertips c 1880
328
An Almost Hung Cowboy Is Jittery c Summer 1880
331
The Kid Died with His Boots Off July 13 1881
334
Making Headlines at the OK Corral October 26 1881
339
Celebrating Reaching Womanhood on the Run c April 1882
343
The Killing of Jesse James April 4 1882
346
Tales of Boots and the Wiles of Women c 1882
355
The Hazards of Teaching on the Rio Peńasco c 1882
359
The Death Sentence of Alfred Packer April 13 1883
362
Finding a Small Indian Mummy c Summer 1884
365
Advice to the Girls of Chillicothe c 1885
369
Winter Weather c 1887
371
Adios to the Coyote Kid c 1888
375
Practicing with the Bow c May 1889
377
A Priest Makes a Sick Call c April 1890
381
The Death of Sitting Bull December 16 1890
385
The End of a Dream December 29 1890
389
Bibliography
393
About the Author
401
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Richard Scott is an award-winning freelance sportswriter and editor who worked for a variety of football-related publications, including Sports Illustrated, American Football Monthly, and the Sports Xchange throughout a 25-year career. A former college football and basketball writer for the Birmingham Post-Herald and the Columbia Daily Tribune in Missouri, Scott has covered numerous major events, including Alabama's national championship victory over Miami in the 1993 Sugar Bowl and Auburn's undefeated 1993 season. He is now in his sixth year as an English teacher and coach at Columbiana Middle School.

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