Red Cloud's Revenge Essay

767 words - 3 pages

Red Cloud's Revenge is a historical novel about the grim recollection
of detailed events and days/months before the showdown between the US
Cavalry & Sioux Indians on the northern plains of 1867. Fetterman, Brown
& Grummond rode out ahead of seventy-eight soldiers that day on December
21st 1866. In hopes of driving out some Sioux Indians and bring some
scalps home. Many soldiers' guard was down when Fetterman's entire force
disappeared over Trail Lodge Ridge. None of them were ever seen alive
Seven months after the tragic bloodshed of the Fetterman Massacre by
a band of Lakota; Sargent Seamus Donegan was stationed near Fort Phil
Kearney recovering from the horror and bloodbath in which he participated.
Several Sergeants searching for him after the Fetterman Massacre directed
orders in expectation of Donegan. Traveling along the Bighorn River/Mountains
to Fort C.F. Smith, two thirds away from his destination Seamus along
with the small camp he stopped at was attacked by a band of Lakota Indians.
Narrowly escaping with his life, Donegan set off again to Fort C.F. Smith
and fatefully stumbled upon James W. Thompson's path. Private Thompson
told Donegan that Chief Iron Bull requested his presence at sundown.
After his encounter with the Crow Indians and discussions of peace/alliance
with Chief Iron Bull, Thompson then took Seamus to Fort C.F. Smith by
Several silent days following Donegan's arrival, his long time friend
Captain Samuel Marr departed from Fort C.F. Smith. Heading to Fort Phil
Kearney in orders given to lead Privates to form additional relief teams.
Gunfire had erupted in a scuffle between Lakota forces and US Cavalry
troops. Soon both forts under siege as well as camps nestled along the
route from the advancing Indians. Red Cloud and Crazy Horse were determined
their warriors to crush the white settlers to returning their land and
departing forever.
Using an ancient tactic of warfare, the Sioux waited until troops thought
the fighting had halted. Setting up decoys and the strategy plans, Red
Cloud was ready to see the white man's blood fall on the plains. When
US Calvary men began to advance outside their fort range in search of
a plea or peace treaty. Red Cloud gave the order for Crazy Horse to commence
a raid. White men were butchered like cattle on the battlefield where
they lay. A Lakota named Roman Nose took the...

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