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- Print Length: 532 pages
- Publisher: Laconia Publishers (July 17, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 17, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ILDAHZU
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A History of the Great Massacre by the Sioux Indians in Minnesota: Including the Personal Narratives of Many Who Escaped Kindle Edition
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However, this is still a work from it's time, and interesting in that view of being worth reading to understand the Indian Wars and westward expansion period of United States History.
My copy is securely bound and held up well while I was lugging it around for a couple of weeks reading it. There is, however, no editorial comment at all in this book. They don't even tell you who photocopied it and had it bound.
This book was originally published after the bloodiest, most bitterly contested Indian wars in American history and the accounts of some of the men, women and children who survived are reminiscent of the killing fields of Cambodia or Rwanda and that's AFTER the really horrible accounts were edited. On p. 340, for example, Mr. Bryant and Mr. Murch interrupt the account of a young woman named Mary Schwandt to assure us that "The details of this poor girl's awful treatment, in our possession, are too revolting for publication..."
Considering the brutal beatings and sexual assaults Miss Schwandt already described, you wonder how that can be possible? Other editions, however, fill in the gaps. According to other sources, Mary Schwandt also witnessed a 13-year-old captive girl being "staked out" and assaulted until she was dead.
And there are accounts such as Justina Kreiger's on p. 315. Assaulted, beaten and left for dead, she recalled seeing "one of these inhuman savages seize Wilhelmina Kitzman, my niece, yet alive, hold her up by the foot, her head downward... [and] while holding her there by one hand, in the other he grasped a knife, with which he hastily cut the flesh around one of the legs, close to the body, and then by twisting and wrenching, broke the ligaments and bone, until the limb was entirely severed from the body, the child screaming frantically... thrown to the ground and left to die!"
Generations of politically correct writers have obscured the grim realities of the Sioux War of 1862 in Minnesota. That's the value of a book like this. It takes you out of your air-conditioned library and puts you into a cold, muddy field hoping to escape with your life.
It also explains why people cheered when 38 of the Sioux involved in this war were hanged in the largest mass execution in American history. Almost every politically correct author refers to the cheering crowd to prove how racist Americans were in those days without really examining what they'd survived.
This book would be more valuable to the general reader if it had a good introduction and some footnotes. As it is, it's still a valuable resource for the historian who already knows about the Sioux War of 1862. It includes a lot of eye-witness information you won't find anywhere else.
It's not for the faint of heart and don't leave it out on the coffee table where the kids will find it, but if you want to learn more more about what settlers in Minnesota experienced in 1862 this book might interest you. Read it and weep.
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