By John Vance Lauderdale, Jerry Green
The Wounded Knee bloodbath of December 29, 1890, identified to U.S. army historians because the final conflict in "the Indian Wars," was once in truth one other tragic occasion in a bigger development of conquest, destruction, killing, and damaged grants that proceed to this present day. On a chilly winter's morning greater than a century in the past, the U.S. 7th Cavalry attacked and killed greater than 260 Lakota males, girls, and kids at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. within the aftermath, the damaged, twisted our bodies of the Lakota humans have been quickly coated by means of a blanket of snow, as a snow fall swept during the geographical region. a couple of days later, veteran military general practitioner John Vance Lauderdale arrived for accountability on the within reach Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. stunned by means of what he encountered, he wrote various letters to his closest relations detailing the occasions, aftermath, and everyday life at the Reservation below army profession. He additionally taken care of the wounded, either Cavalry squaddies and Lakota civilians. What distinguishes After Wounded Knee from the massive physique of literature already on hand at the bloodbath is Lauderdale's frank value determinations of army existence and a private statement of the tragedy, untainted by means of self-serving memory or adorned newspaper and political reviews. His experience of frustration and outrage towards the army command, specially about the strategies used opposed to the Lakota, is vividly obvious during this intimate view of Lauderdale's existence. His correspondence presents new perception right into a ordinary topic and used to be written on the top of the cultural fight among the U.S. and Lakota humans. Jerry Green's cautious enhancing of this colossal assortment, a part of the loo Vance Lauderdale Papers within the Western Americana assortment in Yale University's Beinecke Library, clarifies Lauderdale's reports on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
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Page xi Herein lies the value of this contribution to the literature of Indian-white relations in the American West, specifically as it relates to its most violent manifestation, the Wounded Knee Massacre, and, as Lauderdale termed it, "the closing out of this war business" (18 January). To a subject for which thousands of pages of text exist has now come a new source, a new voice, one that leapfrogs so many others in its day-by-day accounting of the aftermath of Wounded Knee, as well as its context.
In cases where one word is illegible, because of damage from the tape or otherwise impossible to read or decipher, I have inserted words that logically fit the idea of the sentence. These insertions are indicated by enclosed brackets. Lauderdale frequently misspelled names and incorrectly identified people. When a mistake is suspected, my correction appears in brackets. All parentheses and underlining are Lauderdale's, and although spelling and some punctuation errors have been corrected, no attempt has been made to change word tense or usage.
He expounded the idea of each tribe having its own reservation, to which even those Indians opposed to such an idea would be forcibly confined. The reservations would be governed by the army until the Indians were ready to assume that role for themselves. This would require the use of troops in the place of a police force. Keeping with popular opinion of the day, he stated that the best way to control them was through fear and punishment, not by feeding and coaxing. " The second point of his article dealt with the corruption of the present Indian agents.
After Wounded Knee by John Vance Lauderdale, Jerry Green