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Monday, March 18, 2013

It's Monday, What are You Reading? Ho! For the Black Hills

Ho! For the Black Hills: 
Captain Jack Crawford Reports the Black Hills Gold Rush and Great Sioux War 
Edited by Paul L. Hedren

This is the forty-ninth entry for this meme suggested by Sheila@ One Persons Journey Through A World of Books. [Entries 22-25 in the series were posted at  the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories]

Nancy got this as a LibraryThing book last year - I thought it looked interesting. Seemed to fit well after finishing the fur trade book! ;-)

Book Description of Ho! For the Black Hills on the back of the book:

In 1875 a young man from Pennsylvania known as Captain Jack joined the Dodge Expedition into the Black Hills of Dakota Territory, penning letters to the Omaha Daily Bee during that time and for six months in 1876.

John Wallace Crawford, aka Captain Jack, wrote a vibrant account of this fascinating time in the American West. His correspondence featured unusual and intriguing details about the relative merits of the gulches, the vagaries and difficulties of travel in the region, the art of survival in what was essentially wilderness, the hardships of inclement weather, trouble with outlaws, and interactions with American Indians.

Award-winning historian Paul L. Hedron has compiled these almost unknown letters, writing an introduction and essays, which result in a treasure trove of hitherto hidden primary documents as well as a ripping yarn in the traditions of the old West.

Happy Reading!

Dr. Bill  ;-)

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