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By John Vance Lauderdale, Jerry Green

The Wounded Knee bloodbath of December 29, 1890, recognized to U.S. army historians because the final conflict in "the Indian Wars," used to be in truth one other tragic occasion in a bigger development of conquest, destruction, killing, and damaged grants that proceed to this present day.      On a chilly winter's morning greater than a century in the past, the U.S. 7th Cavalry attacked and killed greater than 260 Lakota males, girls, and kids at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. within the aftermath, the damaged, twisted our bodies of the Lakota humans have been quickly lined by way of a blanket of snow, as a snowfall swept during the nation-state. a number of days later, veteran military medical professional John Vance Lauderdale arrived for responsibility on the within sight Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. stunned by way of what he encountered, he wrote quite a few letters to his closest family detailing the occasions, aftermath, and lifestyle at the Reservation below army profession. He additionally taken care of the wounded, either Cavalry squaddies and Lakota civilians. What distinguishes After Wounded Knee from the big physique of literature already to be had at the bloodbath is Lauderdale's frank value determinations of army lifestyles and a private statement of the tragedy, untainted by way of self-serving memory or decorated newspaper and political experiences. His experience of frustration and outrage towards the army command, specially in regards to the strategies used opposed to the Lakota, is vividly obvious during this intimate view of Lauderdale's existence. His correspondence presents new perception right into a commonplace topic and used to be written on the top of the cultural fight among the U.S. and Lakota humans. Jerry Green's cautious enhancing of this vast assortment, a part of the loo Vance Lauderdale Papers within the Western Americana assortment in Yale University's Beinecke Library, clarifies Lauderdale's reviews on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

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His activities were that of any pious young man alone in an urban environment. He absorbed as much of the city's culture as he could afford, although low wages and social status limited his social life. These limitations, however, did not prevent him from attending frequent free lectures in places such as Clinton Hall and free readings provided by the library. A devoutly religious man, like his father, he joined the New Brick Presbyterian Church in 1853. To satisfy his natural curiosity, he constantly read and spent his free time sightseeing.

Lauderdale frequently misspelled names and incorrectly identified people. When a mistake is suspected, my correction appears in brackets. All parentheses and underlining are Lauderdale's, and although spelling and some punctuation errors have been corrected, no attempt has been made to change word tense or usage. Lauderdale's words are presented exactly as he wrote them, and some words or phrases may be offensive to certain people or groups. I have kept these words and phrases strictly for historical considerations and regret any discomfort they may cause the reader.

The army feared an all-out assault on the agency. The possibility of bands of hostile Lakota attacking nearby settlers was considered real. The Lakota, surrounded by this large force of troops, became increasingly alarmed. They feared an attack on their villages and camps by the army, as had happened so many times in the past. This is the atmosphere Lauderdale found upon his arrival at Pine Ridge on 3 January 1891. With the subsequent surrender of the ''hostiles," the army disbanded this large force.

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