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  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Book Review: A Terrible Glory

    A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn by James Donovan, Little, Brown, New York, 2008, $26.99. At a time when (as this goes to print) it’s at least possible the next U.S. president will be black, it’s hard not to wonder how...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West DVD Review: Sitting Bull- A Stone in My Heart

    Sitting Bull: A Stone in My Heart Lillimar Pictures,Santa Barbara, Calif.,(www.sittingbull film.com),83-minute documentary,2006, $20.98. Sitting Bull, as portrayed by August Schellenberg, made his strong presence felt in the recent HBO...

  • Wild West Magazine

    White Mountain Apaches Share Their Rich Heritage

    Nohwike´ Bágowa houses tribal artifacts. “I have selected a site for a military post on the White Mountain River, which is the finest I ever saw,” said Major John Green. “The climate is delicious, and said by the Indians to be...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Cochise Stronghold

    The small but rugged Dragoon Mountains in southeastern Arizona became the fortified home of the great Apache chief. As travelers speed west on Interstate 10 from Lordsburg, New Mexico, crossing the border into southeastern Arizona, they...

  • Wild West Magazine

    The Tigers of the Southwest

    From early childhood, Apaches we were raised in a warrior culture that produced the greatest guerrilla fighters of all time. Their tactics  defied the Spanish, Mexican and American armies for 300 years. It was early November 1885 when...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Tlingits Had Totems Near Their Doors

    They also wielded skull-crushing clubs. In April 1877, sometime-poet Lieutenant Charles Erskine Scott Wood arrived in Sitka, Alaska, on orders to escort Charles Taylor. The adventurer was making an attempt to scale what was then believed...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Apaches Grabbed Charlie McComas

    Then soldiers chased the raiders to Mexico. Hamilton C. McComas believed New Mexico Territory was a land of opportunity. Born in Parkersburg, Virginia, in 1831, he became a lawyer at age 21. Following his Western dream, he moved to...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Mo-chi: First Female Cheyenne Warrior

    Also known as Buffalo Calf Woman, she survived the attacks by soldiers at Sand Creek in 1864 and the Washita River in 1868 and vowed vengeance against those who murdered her family and her people. On a bitter cold November day on the...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Cheyenne Women Honor Tradition

    Mo-chi did, too, although she was unique. Mo-chi, known as the first female Cheyenne warrior, was hardly typical of the women in her tribe. Cheyenne women didn’t usually fight alongside their husbands in battle or on raids, and they...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Mary Schwandt’s Ordeal During the Sioux Uprising

    Her family fell, and she was captured. Of the many personal stories from the 1862 Sioux Uprising in Minnesota, none is more emblematic of the experience of the recently arrived settlers than that of Mary Schwandt. Kidnapped at age 14, she...

  • Wild West Magazine

    The Battle of Whitestone Hill

    Brigadier General Alfred Sully’s 1863 expedition against hostile Sioux who had been involved in the previous year’s uprising in Minnesota and had escaped to Dakota Territory led to one of the most fierce yet overlooked  clashes in...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Sitting Bull Rests, But Is He at Peace?

    The debate continues over where his bones belong. The 16-year-old boy caught the horse for his father along the Grand River and was bringing it home on the frosty morning of December 15, 1890, before the first glimmer of daylight. As he...

  • Wild West Magazine

    The Forced Expulsion of the Texas Cherokees

    Houston supported them but not Lamar. In 1838 Texas President Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar wanted nothing less than to make Texans masters of their own house by clearing the republic of American Indians. A blood feud had already begun between...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Review: Our Spirits Don’t Speak English

    Our Spirits Don’t Speak English: Indian Boarding School Rich-Heape Films, Dallas, 2008, on hi-definition DVD, 80-minute documentary, $29.95. The Carlisle Indian Industrial School, founded in Pennsylvania in 1879 by Captain Richard Henry...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Book Review: The Comanche Empire

    The Comanche Empire by Pekka Hämäläinen, Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn., 2008, $35. Histories of the Comanches typically focus on the culture and violence on the southern Plains, ending with the tribe’s defeat and removal to...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Book Review: Deadliest Indian War in the West

    The Deadliest Indian War in the West: The Snake Conflict, 1864–68 by Gregory Michno, Caxton Press, Caldwell, Idaho, 2007, $18.95. Gregory Michno’s new book takes readers to the unremittingly harsh alkaline flats and isolated mountain...