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Title Diary
Author Smith, William E.
Date 1876-1877
Document Type Journal
Names Crook, George
Region Wyoming
Places Big Horn Mountains, Powder River, Fort Fetterman, Pumpkins Buttes, Fort Laramie, Rawhide, North Platte River, Cheyenne River, Fort Reno, Red Cloud, Red Rock Canyon
Keywords army, Native Americans, war, encampment, snow, climate, funeral, liquor, whisky, drunkenness, wagon train, scouting, horses, supply train, pow wow, battle, counting coup, war dress, Pawnee, Cheyenne
Theme Native Americans; The Imagined West; Military Encounters
Additional Information From the Colton Storm catalogue: "The manuscript is in two sections; ff1-12 cover 25 Nov 1876 - 6 Jan 1877 and the return to base through the snow; ff13-32 cover 31 Oct - 25 Nov 1876, culminating in the description of the battle (ff27-30); f31 contains a copy of the poem entitled "The Red Rock Canyon Fight." The script is clear and the text is compelling. For example: "I thought of the Custer Massacre and begin to think what I was about to go into .... We started now on the charge .... the Bullets were flying every way and mity thick to. I had my Pistill in my hand and felt a little Rattled..."(f27); "the Indians had stuck up a white flag two or three times in the day but the General did not see it.... I gess there had been about 1 hundred cilld and I dont now how many wounded." (f30). "
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection Everett D. Graff Collection of Western Americana
Reference Graff 5456
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue