By Stanley Vestal
Nephew to Sitting Bull, leader of the Sioux, Pte San Hunka (White Bull) used to be a recognized warrior in his personal correct. He were at the warpath opposed to whites and different Indians for greater than a decade whilst he fought the best conflict of his life.On the afternoon of June 25, 1876, 5 troops of the U. S. 7th Cavalry below the command of George Armstrong Custer rode into the valley of the Little vast Horn River, hopefully watching for to rout the Indian encampments there. as a substitute, the cavalry met the collected energy of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors, who didn't run as anticipated yet became the conflict towards the warriors. White Bull charged repeatedly, scuffling with until eventually the final soldier used to be useless. The conflict was once Custer's final Stand, and White Bull used to be later often called the warrior who killed Custer.In 1932 White Bull comparable his existence tale to Stanley Vestal, who corroborated the main points, from different resources and ready this biography. "All that I instructed him is directly and true," acknowledged White Bull. His tale is a matchless account of the lifetime of an Indian warrior.
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Custer's Last Stand 8. October 15, 1876. Yellowstone River. Fight with Colonel E. S. Otis 196 Map Showing Positions of Dead Bodies of Troopers Found on the Custer Battlefield 202 White Bull As a Young Warrior Photograph Supplied by Chief White Bull 208 One Bull As a Young Warrior By Courtesy of the Department of History, State of South Dakota 208 Johnny 'Big Leggins' Brughière By Courtesy of General William C. , Retired 218 Chief White Bull, 1932 254 Page xxxiv Page xxxvi Key to Preceding Map of Battles Mentioned in this Book (Engagements are indicated by solid circles.
Besides, he is a man of great intelligence and virile character, who scorns a lie. ' Accordingly, I have taken great pains to give a true story, presenting every detail exactly as I received it. This has entailed a considerable problem in presentation. The stories of old Indians, when given in their own words, are Page xxviii simple, direct, and as matter-of-fact as such stories can well be. But Chief White Bull, throughout his talks with me, constantly accompanied his matter-of-fact narration with the most vivid pantomime.
These were public events, other old men gathering in the chief's cabin, sitting cross-legged on the dirt floor. They served as witnesses to the validity of the old chief's narrative. White Bull was almost deaf and required a long, flexible ear trumpet to hear the questions asked of him. Sam Eagle Chasing served as interpreter. For Vestal, the material from White Bull provided exactly the detail needed to flesh out his biography of Sitting Bull. White Bull had participated in seventeen fights with his famous uncle, and related the details of each encounter.