Captured By The Indians: 15 Firsthand Accounts, 1750-1870 by Frederick Drimmer

By Frederick Drimmer

Marvelous eyewitness bills of Indian captivity by way of those who lived to inform the tale. Fifteen actual adventures recount agony and torture, bloody massacres, relentless goals, incredible escapes, and adoption into Indian tribes. attention-grabbing old checklist and revealing photo of Indian tradition and frontier lifestyles. advent. Notes.

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Tension was palpable. The truce was delicate. A single spark could set off a wild fight and indescribable carnage. Heat steamed off the scorched Kiowa ceremonial ground. Peacemakers hoped tempers would remain cooler. S. 6 Jesse was the Indians' final, last best Page 3 hope. He had been reluctant. Getting the old frontiersman to accept this responsibility was almost as difficult as getting the Indians to listen to new proposals. Jesse insisted on certain ground rules before he finally accepted the assignment.

Young Jesse Chisholm, like all Indian youths, grew up fast. The only other options for the young in Indian society were illness, crippling injury, or premature death. He played the Indian games deemed necessary to develop a young man's mind and body: stick ball, hoop and pole games, and the green corn dance. 20 Chisholm excelled in every undertaking. His early exposure to the forces of the elements and Page 14 other ordeals made him mentally alert and as physically tough as the rawhide that covered his powerful body.

Here "chance" loomed bigger than life for Jesse. Martha Chisholm had a new boarder, an old man, Mathew Lyon. 1 Lyon was not a household word in the world, but he was a man by which to measure men. Jesse was instantly drawn to Lyon, and Lyon saw something special in this young frontiersman. 2 The appointment Page 21 came after his retirement and followed an eventful career, now in its twilight. S. and sold into slavery as an indentured servant. 3 He had bought his freedom in six years in time to fight for his adopted country against the British in 1776.

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