In Don Horn's "Portrait of a General" I read an account from Libbie Custer regarding the Black Hills expedition where she says her husband was approached regularly by Sioux leaders who met with him to voice their disapproval of his presence there.
Does anyone know who these leaders were that he was meeting with? Any names?
I'm finally getting to read Don Horn's books that had been sitting on my desk for so long. I enjoy this Portrait of a General book very much. Indeed it is short, but indeed also it is very sweet. Its got a lot of nifty little details that regularly get overlooked.
If Horn tells us anything, never judge a book by its size.
Last Edit: Sept 13, 2012 10:36:10 GMT -5 by strange
Strange, Libbie's letter references chiefs conferring with Custer at Ft. Lincoln. She mentions in Boots and Saddles Running Antelope by name. RA was a prominent Hunkpapa, diplomat and orator, eleven yrs Sitting Bull's senior and one of four shirt-wearers. An accomplished warrior, he took a path similar to Spotted Tail of the Brules when he came to realize that the wasicus were too powerful to expel and that his people's best bet was accomodation. Sitting Bull called him a fool; he was seen as a pleaser and appeaser. Later during the reservation era he began to take a backseat to Gall, who rose to leadership at Standing Rock.
As for encounters in the Black Hills in 1874, Custer came upon a small village under One Stab and his lieutenant, Slow Bull. One Stab was held as collateral and guide for safe passage (after the village scattered) and later released.