By Hartford G. Clark,Jerome A. Greene
within the aftermath of the December 1890 bloodbath at Wounded Knee, U.S. military troops braced for retaliation from Lakota Sioux Indians, who had simply suffered the devastating lack of at the very least 200 males, girls, and youngsters. one of the squaddies despatched to protect the realm round Pine Ridge supplier, South Dakota, used to be twenty-two-year-old deepest Hartford Geddings Clark (1869–1920) of the 6th U.S. Cavalry. inside 3 days of the bloodbath, he begun maintaining a diary that he endured via 1891. Clark’s account—published right here for the 1st time—offers an extraordinary and intimate view of a soldier’s lifestyle set opposed to the backdrop of a speedily vanishing American frontier.
in line with editor Jerome A. Greene, inner most Clark was once a perceptive younger guy with wide-ranging pursuits. even if his diary starts in South Dakota, so much of its entries mirror Clark’s carrier at citadel Niobrara, positioned amid the sand hills of north-central Nebraska. There, starting in February 1891, 5 troops of the 6th Cavalry sought to guard zone electorate from capability Indian disturbances. between his hard-drinking fellow infantrymen, “Harry,” as Clark was once referred to as, stood out as a teetotaler. He used to be additionally an avid horse racer, huntsman, and the best pitcher on castle Niobrara’s baseball team.
past its descriptions of a grueling education routine and off-duty leisure, the diary finds Clark’s evolving belief of local peoples. even if he in the beginning considered them as savage enemies, deepest Clark’s angle softened while the military begun enlisting Indian males and he befriended a Lakota soldier named Yellow Hand, who shared Clark's love of sports.
Drawing on his huge wisdom of nineteenth-century army background, Greene bargains a richly annotated model of personal Clark’s striking unique textual content, replete with details at the U.S. Army’s ultimate career of the yankee West.
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Soldiering in the Shadow of Wounded Knee: The 1891 Diary of Private Hartford G. Clark, Sixth U.S. Cavalry (Frontier Military Series) by Hartford G. Clark,Jerome A. Greene