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Children of Grace The Nez Perce War of 1877

Hampton, Bruce

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ISBN 10: 080501991X / ISBN 13: 9780805019919
Published by Henry, Holt, N.Y., 1994
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407 pages, photos. Custer, Little Big Horn, Wounded Knee, General Howard, Chief Joseph, Sheridan, Miles, etc. Bookseller Inventory # 4985

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Title: Children of Grace The Nez Perce War of 1877

Publisher: Henry, Holt, N.Y.

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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As friends of the white American, the Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) Indians aided the exhausted explorers Lewis and Clark during their epic journey westward to the Pacific in 1805. Over much of the next seventy years, however, the Nez Perce found themselves continually provoked and misled by white treaties and encroachment upon their ancestral lands. In June 1877, a handful of renegade warriors struck back by massacring eighteen settlers in Idaho. The murders quickly escalated into one of the bloodiest and most tragic Indian wars of the century, resulting in a dramatic twelve-hundred-mile chase as some eight hundred Nez Perce men, women, and children attempted to fight their way to freedom in Canada.
Drawing upon original documents - letters, diaries, manuscripts, and previously overlooked oral histories - author Bruce Hampton has created a richly detailed narrative history in this enthralling account, a triumph of research, passion, and fine writing. Flesh-and-blood characters emerge from both sides of the war - including Looking Glass, White Bird, and the legendary Chief Joseph, who led fewer than three hundred warriors against the world's most modern army, commanded by such famous generals as William Sherman, Philip Sheridan, Oliver Otis Howard, and Nelson Miles.
From eyewitness accounts and close study of the rugged terrain - the author has traveled the entire war route through Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming - Bruce Hampton has re-created scenes of such immediacy that readers can almost feel the ground tremble under the hooves of thousands of horses and hear the anguished cries of women and children who fell to U.S. Army bullets.
This story captures the plight of the common soldier, largely foreign-born and inexperienced, a reluctant instrument of a government policy gone wrong; and the reason behind the indecisiveness of General Howard, who quickly became the scapegoat of Washington and the press. Howard's solid achievements after the Civil War - Freedmen's Bureau and founder of Howard University - did not prepare him for the uncertainties of guerrilla warfare against such a determined and skilled adversary. And we also witness the treachery of fellow Native Americans: the Crows, Bannocks, Cheyennes, Gros Ventres, Assiniboines, and Flatheads who helped the U.S. Army block the escape of the Nez Perce as they fled toward Canada.
Children of Grace is a harrowing picture of bravery and horror, perfidy and pathos - a dramatic page of American history no reader will soon forget.

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A scholar of the American West, Bruce Hampton lives in Wyoming.

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