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 fact one other tragic occasion in a bigger trend of conquest, destruction, killing, and damaged offers that proceed to today. 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 means of a blanket of snow, as a snowfall swept during the geographical region. a couple of days later, veteran military health care professional John Vance Lauderdale arrived for responsibility on the close by Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. surprised by way of what he encountered, he wrote a variety of letters to his closest kin detailing the occasions, aftermath, and everyday life at the Reservation lower than army career. He additionally taken care of the wounded, either Cavalry squaddies and Lakota civilians. What distinguishes After Wounded Knee from the massive physique of literature already on hand at the bloodbath is Lauderdale's frank value determinations of army existence and a private statement of the tragedy, untainted via self-serving memory or decorated newspaper and political studies. His feel of frustration and outrage towards the army command, in particular in regards to the strategies used opposed to the Lakota, is vividly obvious during this intimate view of Lauderdale's lifestyles. His correspondence presents new perception right into a typical topic and was once written on the peak of the cultural fight among the U.S. and Lakota humans. Jerry Green's cautious enhancing of this mammoth assortment, a part of the loo Vance Lauderdale Papers within the Western Americana assortment in Yale University's Beinecke Library, clarifies Lauderdale's stories on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
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Experienced druggists or apothecaries, with a practical knowledge of pharmacy and minor surgery, such as the application of bandages, the dressing of wounds, the extraction of teeth, the application of leeches, as well as a good working knowledge of nursing and the preparation of food for the sick; also, in view of the responsible duties devolving on hospital stewards, often being left in charge of the medical department and in the care of the sick at a military post for days and sometimes weeks, during the temporary absence or sickness of the post-surgeon.
Green, Jerry, 1946 . Title. dc20 95-35471 CIP Page v To My Sunshine, My Love, My Life, My Gail. Page vii Contents Foreword ix Acknowledgments xiii Editor's Notes xv Chapter One: Background 1 Chapter Two: The Letters 43 Chapter Three: After Pine Ridge 151 Notes 157 Bibliography 171 Index 177 Page ix Foreword In March 1994 James M. McPherson came to town. The Pulitzer-Prizewinning historian and author of the grand Civil War narrative, Battle Cry of Freedom spoke one evening to a rapt Lincoln, Nebraska, audience of academics, history buffs, and students.
Lauderdale shared his observations and opinions on the "Sioux War" with the closest of his family members, in particular his wife Joe and sister Frank. His letters apparently reached no wider readership during his lifetime, nor did he rewrite them later to fit a later generation's biases or an older man's needs. Contrasting this to the voluminous literature of the Lakota Ghost Dance, the Wounded Knee Massacre, and the U. S. Army's Sioux Campaign during the winter of 189091, one soon sees Dr. Lauderdale as a most singular source.