Today in the Old West May 6

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Scaramouche, May 6, 2019.

  1. Scaramouche

    Scaramouche Student of the Columbian Exchange Supporting Addict

    Sep 15, 2015
    1877 Crazy Horse surrenders.

    Little is known about Oglala Sioux war chief Crazy Horse, one of the leaders of the great Sioux - Cheyenne Uprising of 1876 - 1877, which reached its high point with the total destruction of George Armstrong Custer and more than 250 stout troopers of the Seventh Cavalry at Little Bighorn.

    There has never been agreement on the precise year or location of his birth. Like the Apache leader Cochise, no known photograph exists of Crazy Horse. There are drawings and sketches based on eyewitness descriptions, but those are inconsistent. Several people have tried passing off period tintypes as Crazy Horse, but none have been authenticated. According to his descendants, all this is for good reason. "He didn't trust the white man, he stayed away from any cameraman," explained Don Red Thunder, great-grandson of Crazy Horse. "There were no photos taken."

    Crazy Horse took part in several massacres, ambushes, and battles leading up the Little Bighorn victory, though reading history you come to see the Bighorn fight in it's true context. Yes, the brave Seventh lost the battle, but it was the death song of the Plains Indian, it's aftermath demonstrates how they lost the war and could never had won it.

    His final fight began in early 1877 when he and his warriors took on the U.S. Cavalry at Wolf Mountain in Montana Territory. The hostilities dragged on into spring, and he realized his people were starving and weak, so on May 6, he surrendered to officials at the Red Cloud Agency near Camp Robinson in Nebraska.

    a view of Camp Robinson in it's hayday

    This great warrior, who many Indians believed could not be killed by a white man's bullet, met his end by being stabbed to death by a guard's bayonet. His body was given to his elderly parents. The final resting place of Crazy Horse, just like so many other details of his life, remains unknown.


    The State of Nebraska has made Fort Robinson a state park of a mind boggling 22,000 acres for recreation. Much of the place has been restored or preserved. You can camp, RV or rent some of the historic cabins for overnight stays.

    present day views


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  2. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    Great read, mouche! Thank you Sir!!
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  3. TxTrail80

    TxTrail80 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 24, 2018
    Definitely worth a visit.
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  4. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    Thanks Mouche. So glad you're doing these posts again.
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