Before Custer Surveying the Yellowstone, 1872

Before Custer
  • Engels
  • Hardcover
  • 9780870624315
  • Druk: Annotated edition
  • februari 2015
  • 328 pagina's
Alle productspecificaties

Samenvatting


Hoping to complete its transcontinental route, the Northern Pacific Railroad set out in 1872 to survey the Yellowstone Valley. An emissary from the Lakota chief Sitting Bull had warned the two surveying expeditions (eastern and western) not to enter the valley. But no one—certainly no Northern Pacific investor—was worried about taking the Indian threat seriously.

As it turned out, the Indians were deadly serious—and successful. The firsthand accounts compiled here by M. John Lubetkin document the survey's three-month struggle with the Lakotas and other Plains Indian people. Before Custer: Surveying the Yellowstone, 1872 tells the story of a military and public relations disaster. Much to the surprised dismay of U.S. Army strategists and railroad executives, the Indians repeatedly harrassed army forces of nearly a thousand men. One surveying party turned back, without meeting its objectives, after a determined attack led by Sitting Bull. The other also retreated, and one ambush it encountered resulted in the death of a member of President Ulysses S. Grant's family and the narrow escape of the railroad's lead engineer.

The previously unpublished documents that Lubetkin has collected and annotated also tell a parallel story: that of the dire consequences of the railroad's problems for the country. When the Northern Pacific's expansion plans were thwarted, the nation's largest private banking house failed, leading to the Panic of 1873. The fighting brought Sitting Bull to national attention and led directly to George Armstrong Custer's transfer to the Department of Dakota.

The vivid eyewitness accounts artfully assembled here reveal the failures of alcoholic army commanders and show personal encounters between soldiers and Indians, among them the formidable Lakota warrior known as Gall. Before Custer tells of a little-known but crucial episode in the history of westward expansion and Native peoples' efforts to halt that expansion.

Productspecificaties

Inhoud

Taal
Engels
Bindwijze
Hardcover
Druk
Annotated edition
Verschijningsdatum
2015-02-25
Aantal pagina's
328 pagina's
Illustraties
Met illustraties

Betrokkenen

Redacteur
M. John Lubetkin
Uitgever
Arthur H. Clark Company

EAN

EAN
9780870624315

Overige kenmerken

Extra groot lettertype
Nee
Oorspronkelijke releasedatum
2015-02-25
Subtitel
Surveying the Yellowstone, 1872
Thema Subject Code
NHK

Je vindt dit artikel in

Categorieën
Taal
Engels
Boek, ebook of luisterboek?
Boek
Land
Verenigde Staten
Studieboek of algemeen
Algemene boeken
Nog geen reviews
47 99
2 - 3 weken Tooltip
Verkoop door bol.com
  • Gratis verzending
  • 30 dagen bedenktijd en gratis retourneren
  • Ophalen bij een bol.com afhaalpunt mogelijk
  • Dag en nacht klantenservice