By John Vance Lauderdale, Jerry Green
The Wounded Knee bloodbath of December 29, 1890, recognized to U.S. army historians because the final conflict in "the Indian Wars," was once in truth one other tragic occasion in a bigger trend of conquest, destruction, killing, and damaged provides that proceed to today. On a chilly winter's morning greater than a century in the past, the U.S. 7th Cavalry attacked and killed greater than 260 Lakota males, girls, and youngsters at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. within the aftermath, the damaged, twisted our bodies of the Lakota humans have been quickly coated by means of a blanket of snow, as a snow fall swept during the geographical region. a number of days later, veteran military health care provider John Vance Lauderdale arrived for accountability on the close by Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. stunned by way of what he encountered, he wrote various letters to his closest relatives detailing the occasions, aftermath, and everyday life at the Reservation less than army profession. He additionally handled the wounded, either Cavalry infantrymen and Lakota civilians. What distinguishes After Wounded Knee from the massive physique of literature already on hand at the bloodbath is Lauderdale's frank value determinations of army lifestyles and a private commentary of the tragedy, untainted by means of self-serving memory or adorned newspaper and political studies. His experience of frustration and outrage towards the army command, specifically in regards to the strategies used opposed to the Lakota, is vividly obvious during this intimate view of Lauderdale's lifestyles. His correspondence presents new perception right into a usual topic and used to be written on the top of the cultural fight among the U.S. and Lakota humans. Jerry Green's cautious modifying of this huge assortment, a part of the toilet Vance Lauderdale Papers within the Western Americana assortment in Yale University's Beinecke Library, clarifies Lauderdale's reviews on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
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The Civil Page 3 War delayed his reporting for hospital duties until the following October. S. Army as a contract surgeon. Contract surgeons were civilian doctors under contract to the army, usually for a period of one year. This move was at the urging of his brother Willis, a telegraph operator in St. Louis. Willis assured him that he could learn more surgery in one year in the Army than in a lifetime of medical practice in New York. As a bonus he would be paid at the same rate as a second lieutenant, $100 per month.
Lauderdale's words are presented exactly as he wrote them, and some words or phrases may be offensive to certain people or groups. I have kept these words and phrases strictly for historical considerations and regret any discomfort they may cause the reader. Page 1 Chapter One Background The world of John Vance Lauderdale was that of an army doctor during the last third of the nineteenth century. During his career, he witnessed significant changes in medical practices and army life. He also provided to posterity a view of the daily life in the American West through the writings contained in his journals and letters.
After the Wounded Knee massacre, the first armed confrontation between the army and the Lakota during this disturbance, fear and apprehension escalated on both sides. No one knew for certain what would happen next. The army feared an all-out assault on the agency. The possibility of bands of hostile Lakota attacking nearby settlers was considered real. The Lakota, surrounded by this large force of troops, became increasingly alarmed. They feared an attack on their villages and camps by the army, as had happened so many times in the past.
After Wounded Knee by John Vance Lauderdale, Jerry Green