Red Cloud's Revenge Essay

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Red Cloud's Revenge

Red Cloud’s Revenge is a historical novel about the grim recollection of detailed events and days/months before the showdown between the US Cavalry & Sioux Indians on the northern plains of 1867. Fetterman, Brown & Grummond rode out ahead of seventy-eight soldiers that day on December 21st 1866. In hopes of driving out some Sioux Indians and bring some scalps home. Many soldiers’ guard was down when Fetterman’s entire force disappeared over Trail Lodge Ridge. None of them were ever seen alive again.

Seven months after the tragic bloodshed of the Fetterman Massacre by a band of Lakota; Sargent Seamus Donegan was stationed near Fort Phil Kearney recovering from the horror and bloodbath in which he participated.
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Gunfire had erupted in a scuffle between Lakota forces and US Cavalry troops. Soon both forts under siege as well as camps nestled along the route from the advancing Indians. Red Cloud and Crazy Horse were determined their warriors to crush the white settlers to returning their land and departing forever.

Using an ancient tactic of warfare, the Sioux waited until troops thought the fighting had halted. Setting up decoys and the strategy plans, Red Cloud was ready to see the white man’s blood fall on the plains. When US Calvary men began to advance outside their fort range in search of a plea or peace treaty. Red Cloud gave the order for Crazy Horse to commence a raid. White men were butchered like cattle on the battlefield where they lay. A Lakota named Roman Nose took the command from Crazy Horse to burn down the wagons and dead. “Cleanse this land of the white man’s stain. Purify this land once again, no white men may leave here alive or in ashes.”

In the end, the Wagon Box Flight took many men to their deaths and renewed the terror of the Lakota. Captain Samuel Marr was returned to Fort C.F. Smith after being shot in the leg by friendly fire. Private Thompson was knocked out cold in the field and left for scalping in the blazing firefight. He survived the close encounter and didn’t remember what happened or where he was for a few days. While battered and wrecked, Sargent Seamus
Donegan traveled with Captain

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