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On New Year's Day, 1870, Adolph Korn, the author's ancestor and son of German immigrants, was captured by three Apaches near his family's cabin in central Texas. Adolph was traded to a band of Quahada Comanches, with whom he lived until November 1872, when the Comanches traded their captives for those held by the U.S. Army. Adolph was irrevocably changed. Considering himself Indian, he lived in a cave, and died alone in 1900. The author's search into Korn's sad life led him to the similar stories of eight other children captured in Texas between 1865 and 1871. Drawing on his tenacious research and interviews with the captives' descendants, Zesch compiles a gripping account of the lives of these children as they lived and traveled with their Indian captors. He delves into the reasons for their "Indianization," which for most of them lasted the rest of their lives, and discusses why they couldn't adjust to white society. A fascinating, meticulously documented chronicle of the often-painful confrontations between whites and Indians during the final years of Indian Territory. Deborah Donovan
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The book disspelled all my myths about Pioneer life in Texas and the hardships endured.Published 9 days ago by Isabelle
What a great read! I live in Texas near where some of these things happened. Very well written and guaranteed to hold your interest.Published 13 days ago by Joe Woolery
Being from central Texas added much more interest to the book. I enjoyed reading about this time in history. Was a small period of time but very transitional. Read morePublished 13 days ago by clc
I've grew up in the San Antonio area on a ranch that was established 5 generations ago. I've made it a hobby to study history of the area and of my family so I was able to really... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Reba Wahne
I live in the very heart of the old Comancheria. In fact one of the Major Battles between the Comanches, and the US Calvary took place just miles from where I am typing this. Read morePublished 1 month ago by brus
A very good book and enjoyed reading about the 1800's and true history. My late husbands parents lived in the area the story took place and this made it much more enjoyable for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maxine
Very interesting, and intriguing to say the least. I must admit, these stories made me somewhat sad, for I relate to feeling misplaced and misunderstood. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matthew Holley