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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.
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This book was very well researched and written. An interesting story about the experiences of abducted children in West Texas. Enjoyed it thoroughly.Published 17 days ago by mendermn1
Anyone who longs for the good old' days of the wild west should read this book. There was cruelty on the part of the native Americans and the whites both, but the whites were just... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Joanr
REALLY GREAT ACCOUNT OF WHITE CAPTIVES IN TEXAS. MORE IN DEPTH INFO AS TO CAPTURE AND THEIR LIVES AFTER RETURN TO THEIR FAMILIES. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
the stories of the Indian captives during their captivity and after they returned home was extremely informative and interesting. IT was very thought provoking.Published 1 month ago by Celia E. Graham
While the writing itself is not outstanding, the stories are.Published 1 month ago by David Horsley