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The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier Paperback – December 27, 2005
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"Captured" is about the experiences of nine White children captured by Comanches and Apaches from 1865 to 1871. The children lived among the Indians for up to 12 years. Several of them were members of the large German-speaking community which settled in the Texas Hill Country west of San Antonio.
As the author wryly notes the only career path for Comanche men was "warrior" and the author details many of the brutal battles between Comanche and Texan. There are massacres and atrocities and gore galore here, but also a bit of humor and humanity. White children captives were often treated kindly and adopted into the tribe. Despite being eyewitnesses to the murder of their families, several of the male captives profiled by Zesch came to prefer the wild and free life of a Comanche warrior to that of a Texas sodbuster. Most notably, Herman Lehmann was one of the last few Comanche holdouts to surrender to the Whites in 1878 and he was a willing and enthusiastic participant in many battles against White soldiers and raids on White communities. Zesch also details the inability of the freed captives to readjust to life as Whites. Most became alienated drifters and a few later rejoined the defeated Comanches on reservations in Oklahoma. Many also lived to ripe old ages.
There are many volumes of stories about Whites being taken captive by and living among the Indians. This is the best I have read. The author delves into reasons why so many White captives came to prefer living among Indians rather than returning to their own culture.
I "read" this book using "Books on Tape" audio CD. (You can get this book on ONE Mp3 CD---very convenient to listen while you're in your car or waiting in line someplace)
I liked the book so much I just ordered my own hardcopy! Also, I ordered some of the "source books" mentioned in the narrative. Maybe I'll review those when I read 'em. As a result of reading this book, maybe sometime in the future I'll travel to "the hill country" of Texas and Fort Sill, Oklahoma to take a look see myself at where some of the events took place. This book is a "DaVinci Code" for people who love history and who appreciate a good story! Enjoy! Email:boland7214@aol.
it reads like an adventure book and proves that real life is better than fiction. the Author does a great job o story telling and is very diligent to accurately reflect true historical data as pulled from historical interviews, military records and newspaper articles.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great in depth chronicle of Comanche raids and captured children. Dovetails nicely with Empire of the Summer Moon.Published 11 days ago by Fred D Griffin
a little disappointed. Was hoping for more than a history of the country at this time.Published 21 days ago by E. Day
I found the story interesting but it is clear that the writer is not a professional author. The book is not well written and does not flow gracefully from chapter to chapter. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Michael Moore
Not only did I learn by reading this book, but I found the story to be really interesting. Great job by the author.Published 1 month ago by Al C.
Great stories of those captured by Indians. Was one of the few books I own that I couldn't put down.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Really a good book. Makes you very glad that you have lived in this time rather than that time. Both sides committed some pretty horrible things just for different reasons.Published 1 month ago by Joseph R. Gobell
I enjoyed the first 2/3 immensely rest was slow. Thoroughly researched subject. I learned a lot that I previously hadn't known about white slavery.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer