The Earth Is Weeping: 2 of 12: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West Audible Audiobook – Unabridged Peter Cozzens (Author), John Pruden (Narrator), & 1 more

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Wagon Box Fight, near Fort Phil Kearny, 1867

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Near Fort Phil Kearney, Wyoming, 2 August 1867. The Wagon Box Fight is one of the great traditions of the Infantry in the West. A small force of 30 men on the 9th Infantry led by Brevet Major James Powell was suddenly attacked in the early morning hours by some 2,000 Sioux Indians. Choosing to stand and fight, these soldiers hastily erected a barricade of wagon boxes, and during the entire morning stood off charge after charge. The Sioux finally withdrew, leaving behind several hundred killed and wounded. The defending force suffered only three casualties. By their coolness, firmness and confidence these infantrymen showed what a few determined men can accomplish with good marksmanship and guts.

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Created: 12 November 2016

The Earth Is Weeping: 2 of 12: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West Audible Audiobook – Unabridged Peter Cozzens (Author), John Pruden (Narrator), & 1 more

https://www.amazon.com/Earth-Weeping-Story-Indian-American/dp/B01M00ZX8R/ref=tmmaudswatch0?encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

With the end of the Civil War, the nation recommenced its expansion onto traditional Indian tribal lands, setting off a wide-ranging conflict that would last more than three decades. In an exploration of the wars and negotiations that destroyed tribal ways of life even as they made possible the emergence of the modern United States, Peter Cozzens gives us both sides in comprehensive and singularly intimate detail. He illuminates the encroachment experienced by the tribes and the tribal conflicts over whether to fight or make peace and explores the squalid lives of soldiers posted to the frontier and the ethical quandaries faced by generals who often sympathized with their native enemies. As the action moves from Kansas and Nebraska to the Southwestern desert to the Dakotas and the Pacific Northwest, we encounter a pageant of fascinating characters including Custer, Sherman, Grant, and a host of other military and political figures as well as great native leaders such as Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, and Red Cloud. For the first time, The Earth Is Weeping brings them all together in the fullest account to date of how the West was won.