This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Laurence M. Hauptman's Between Two Fires: American Indians In The Civil War

1536 words - 6 pages

The American Civil War tore apart many American lives. These people lost loved ones, had to endure the pains of those who lost limbs, and deal with emotional needs. However American lives were not the only ones that suffered and fought the war. American Indians served for both the North and the South during the Civil War. There reasons was to what they could gain from the side the chose, pride for the land they lived in, and to Indians did not have much going for them at the time. From generals to privets they stood there ground and fought with pride. Laurence M. Hauptman tells their story in his book Between Two Fires: American Indians in the Civil War
Indians have fought in every war from the Battle of Oriskany in 1777 to the Gulf War. The Civil War over 20,000 Native Americans join in the fight and did so because many thought; it was the last hope the stop the genocide, which had begun so many years earlier against them. The book starts out with an overview what is happening with the Indians up to the start of the Civil War. It tells of their force removal from Kansas and how the "Bleeding Kansas" incident spilled over to the Delaware Tribe helping to foster there removal. The Delaware still join with the North and served as Scouts and Home Guards under the Second Indian Home Guard.
As the book moves forward, Hauptman explains how the Cherokee of the west were divided among themselves. Pro-Confederates led by Stand Watie disagreed with Chief John Ross leadership. Watie and his men believed an advocacy of slavery to igniting a "coup d`etat" and taking control of their tribe. Ross a slave holder like Watie felt that most of his tribe did not have slaves and owned loyalty to the North wanted to join with them. But this was not until invasion of the Cherokee capital and the captured of Ross. After a proclamation of loyalty to the Union he was paroled and lived in exile. Watie and his followers continued to fight for the South.
The focus is turned to the Pamunkey of Virginia and the Lumbee of North Carolina. These tribes did not like the white supremacist attitude and served for the benefit of the North. The Pamunkey worked as river boat pilots for General McClellan's Army during the Peninsula campaign in 1862. The Lumbee's were fighting the Confederate Home Guard during Sherman's Carolina campaign. Both Pamunkey and the Lumbee thought themselves as avengers to people of color.
In Mr. Hauptman book he writes of how important the Eastern Band of Cherokee and the Catawba of South Carolina were to the Confederacy. The Cherokee had over four hundred men led by William Holland Thomas, a white man who had been adopted by the Cherokee when he was a child. With Thomas's leadership they prevented Union attacks along Confederate communication and rail links. They also intimated Union supporters in east Tennessee and western North Carolina. The Cherokees did so well that they were allowed to keep some land in western North Carolina along...

Find Another Essay On Laurence M. Hauptman's Between Two Fires: American Indians in the Civil War

Africans american in the civil war

2233 words - 9 pages , Bruce The Civil War, Houghton Mifflin Company, April 1985 Foner, Eric and Mahoney, Olivia A House Divided, Norton, Ww, Louisania University Press, May 1991 McPherson, James M. The Negro's Civil War: How Americans Felt and Acted During the War for the Union., Ballantine Books, Inc., February 1989 Stokesbury, James C. A Short History of the Civil War Morrow, William & Company, March, 1997 Wilson, Joseph T. The Black Phalanx: African-American Soliders in the War of Independence and the Civil War Plenum Publishing Corp., April 1994

African American Soldiers in the Civil War

1138 words - 5 pages Black Soldiers in the Civil WarDuring the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and part of the Nineteenth Century the White people of North America used the Black people of Africa as slaves to benefit their interests. White people created a climate of superiority of their race over the Black African race that in some places, still lingers on today. The American Civil War however, was a key turning point for the Black African race. Through their actions and

Women Spies in the American Civil War

2273 words - 9 pages espionage present during the American Civil War to be surprisingly sophisticated. By examining the recorded history involving active female intelligence agents in the American Civil War, we can see the roles of female scouts were severely underestimated, frequently encouraged, and generally unpunished in accordance to the rigid social formalities of the nineteenth century. When first examining the documentation it is difficult to comprehend

The American Civil War

2224 words - 9 pages , “…almost all the differences which may be noticed between the character of the Americans in the Southern and Northern states have originated in slavery” (Rourk et al, 2009, p. 437). Politicians tried hard to reconcile the differences between the North and the South with several compromises but they were unsuccessful to prevent further conflict that would lead up to the war. Thus, the Civil War was inevitable. Shortly after the American

The American Civil War

724 words - 3 pages America with Jefferson Davis as their president. In conclusion, the friction between the North and South during the years before the Civil War made it impossible for the war to be avoided. All of the preceding events contributed to the hostile conditions in some way. Thousands of lives were taken in this war because men were fighting for a cause that they believed in. Their efforts brought an end to a conflict that would have eventually erupted in the future. Therefore, the American Civil War was, indeed, inevitable.

The American Civil War

1501 words - 7 pages them. By the end of the war slaves were set free to do as they please and live as other citizens of America. Even though we lost a great President because of the cause he supported, it was not in shame that blacks walked away from the white owners. Works Cited Burns, Ken. "The Civil War." PBS. PBS, 2002. Web. 24 Apr. 2014. "American Civil War." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2014. Web. 22 Apr. 2014. Kennedy, David M., and David M

The American Civil War - 1724 words

1724 words - 7 pages The American Civil War, also known as the State’s War, was a conflict that arose mostly from the issue of slavery, but deep down was due to economic differences between the North and the South. The South seceded from the North and created their own self-government due to their belief in the lack of state’s rights versus the federal government and what they saw as a weakness in the Articles of Confederation. While the Confederacy of the United

The American Civil War - 6804 words

6804 words - 27 pages The American Civil War, widely known in the United States as simply the Civil War as well as other sectional names, was fought from 1861 to 1865. Seven Southern slave states individually declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America, known as the "Confederacy" or the "South". They grew to include eleven states, and although they claimed thirteen states and additional western territories, the

The American Civil War - 6804 words

6804 words - 27 pages The American Civil War, widely known in the United States as simply the Civil War as well as other sectional names, was fought from 1861 to 1865. Seven Southern slave states individually declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America, known as the "Confederacy" or the "South". They grew to include eleven states, and although they claimed thirteen states and additional western territories, the

The American Civil War - 6804 words

6804 words - 27 pages The American Civil War, widely known in the United States as simply the Civil War as well as other sectional names, was fought from 1861 to 1865. Seven Southern slave states individually declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America, known as the "Confederacy" or the "South". They grew to include eleven states, and although they claimed thirteen states and additional western territories, the

The American Civil War - 802 words

802 words - 3 pages Why did the Civil War occur? The Civil War was a crisis of growth. In less than three quarters of a century, thirteen old British colonies created a nation with a powerful economy.The young U.S profited from their colonial past as well as the land which procured immense amount of resources and possibilities. The history of the U.S from 1789 to 1865 showed problems of men and resources and the economic boom will increase differences inside the

Similar Essays

Between Two Fires: A Review

937 words - 4 pages David Clay Large, Between Two Fires: Europe's Path in the 1930s (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1990). David Clay Large wrote an interesting account of the situation in Europe during the 1930s. His account was interesting for three reasons that will be discussed throughout this review. Firstly, his purpose was clear and he managed to follow it throughout the book. Secondly, his organizational structure was logical, appropriate and

Book Review Of Mc Murry Richard M. "Two Great Rebel Armies: An Essay In Confederate Military History". This Was For My Civil War Military History Course

825 words - 3 pages of t he Army of Northern Virginia or the Union armies. Two Great Rebel Armies could be seen as breaking new ground on the merits of two main armies-t he Army of Nortern Virgina and the Army of Tennessee. In conclusion, I would recommend this book to any person who would want to learn more about the American Civil War.

Civil Rights Leaders: Martin Luther King Vs. Malcolm X Shows Differences Between The Two Leaders' Ways Of Trying To Achieve Rights For Blacks In The Struggle For Civil Rights

1007 words - 5 pages Martin Luther King Jr.One of the two extremes between the way to gain civil rights was violence. The Man that took after this type of protest was named Malcolm Little. He considered his last name to be part of his slave past, as slave-owners had named their slaves with their own last names. Therefore, he changed it to X, hence Malcolm X. "Independence only comes in two ways--by ballots or bullets. Historically you'll find that everyone who gets

American Unrest In The Civil War

1314 words - 5 pages Beginning in the late 1700's Americans colonists began to want more freedom. This led to the American Revolution and to many changes in the government. Although, not all of the Americans were happy with the way things turned out. This created a period, between1850 and 1890, of social, political, and economic unrest.In the years leading up to, through, and after the Civil War the social pattern of America changed. Many Americans didn't want to be