This book is the story of a carrier Army Officer, Major General O. O. Howard, that lived through most of the 1800's. Most of his carrier, in the Army, his job was to deal with the various Indian problems of that time, usually at the direction of the Presedent holding office at the time of the problem.
General Howard delt with Indians in the Dakotas, Arizona, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Nevada. He ultimately became good friends with such chiefs as Cochese and Geronimo--the most famous--as well as other chiefs. One person he writes about was not a chief, but an Indian Princess, Her Indian name was "Toc-me-to-ne" or Sara Winnemucca, the daughter of a chief. He tells of how she was responsible for saving the lives of many soldiers and whites, as well as Indians. His regret with her is that she doesn't hold a higher place in the Amreican History, Right there with Pocahontas.
This book gives you a very different perspective of the Indians that lived in the middle and late 1800's. General Howard, here, in his own words and experiances, explains how some Indian uprisings were caused merely by misunderstandings and poor translating and others caused by "bad whites".
There were, of course, some Indians who wouldn't go on to the reservations after the whites moved on to their lands. They were probably justly bitter as one can imagine.
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Book Description University Of Nebraska Press, 1989. Lincoln, reprint of 1908 edition, hard bound in maroon cloth, no dust jacket as issued, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, FINE CONDITION, xix, 364 pages, illustrated. In 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant sent O.O. Howard, widely known as the "Christian general", as an ambassador of peace to the western Indian tribes. Famous Indians Chiefs I Have Known is Howard's account of his journey. He tells of his peace agreement with the great Apache chief Cochise; describes his pursuit of Joseph and the surrender of the Nez Perce chief, who became his friend; and provides a poignant glimpse of the defeated Apache war leader Geronimo, selling canes and autographs. Equally impressive are his portraits of Winnemucca of the Piutes, the Sioux chiefs Red Cloud and Sitting Bull, and his descriptions of meetings with Washakie of the Shoshones, Pasqual of the Yumas, Antonio of the Pimas, Santos and Pedros of the Apaches, Manuelito of the Navajos, three Indians women--Sarah Winnemucca, granddaughter of the Piute chief, and Mattie, her sister-in-lawóboth of them powerful peacemakes in their own right. Included are chapters on the Seminole chief Osceola and the Modoc chief Captain Jack, famed for their resistance to white domination. In the introduction, Bruce J. Dinges, editor of publications at the Arizona Historical Society, discusses Howard's career and sets his book in historical context. Bookseller Inventory # 29113