James McLaughlin was a Canadian-American United States Indian agent and inspector, best known for having ordered the arrest of Sitting Bull in December 1890, which resulted in the chief's death. Before this event, he was known for his positive relations with several tribes. His memoir, published in 1910, was entitled, My Friend the Indian.
I have had so much to do , in the ordinary affairs of life at an Indian agency , with the men who fought Custer to the death at the battle of the Little Big Horn, and socially and officially with many of those who were members of the Seventh Horse on that disastrous day in June, 1876, when the flower of the American cavalry was shattered by the war - power of the Sioux Nation, that I have no compunctions to consider nor apologies to offer for telling the Indian side of that fight, which story is not a new one, except in the point of view.
Two couriers came up from Custer requesting re-inforcement, and announcing that he was advancing on the enemy.