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Collection Reference Number GLC03444
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to the 1870s 
Title Fragment of a report on the war against the Sioux
Date ca. November 1876 - December 1876
Author Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891)  
Document Type Military document
Content Description Concerns the campaigns against Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, commenting on the activities of generals Nelson A. Miles, George Crook, and Philip H. Sheridan. Last four pages of a document, numbered 50-53, possibly of an annual report. Crazy Horse surrendered in May of 1877, after 3 months of inactivity. The Winter expedition Sherman mentions, leaving Fort Letterman on 27 October, attacked Crazy Horse on 7 January 1877, making it likely that this report was written in the intervening months.
Subjects Union General  Military History  Frontiers and Exploration  American Indian History  Westward Expansion  Battle    
People Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891)  
Place written s.l.
Theme Native Americans
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1860-1945
Additional Information Excerpts: "...Rush with Four Companies of his Regt. 6th Inf. to head off Sitting Bull, who is reported by the surrendered Chiefs to have slipped out with 30 lodges of his own special followers, during the retreat down Bad Route Creek and to have resumed his course for Fort Rock on the British possessions. Genl Miles reports his purpose to replenish his supplies, to turn north and follow this last desperate band to the death. The winter is close at hand, and there is great danger from the weather..." "As before related Genl Crook after his long march from the cooperation with the local garrison...assisted in disarming and dismounting those Indians. He then...reorganized a new Column...for another early winter campaign against...Crazy Horse." "General Sheridan in his last dispatch on this subject uses this language which I cordially Endorse, 'if successful of which I do not doubt the Sioux War, and all other Indian Wars in this country of any magnitude will be over forever..."
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
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