The Dakota War: The United States Army Versus the Sioux, 1862-1865

As the United States fought the Civil War in the early 1860s, the country s western frontier was simultaneously the site of significant military campaigns that took the lives of both American and Sioux The Dakota campaign, led by Commander Henry Hastings Sibley and Brigadier General Alfred Sully against the Sioux between 1863 and 1864 was greater in scope, intensity and bAs the United States fought the Civil War in the early 1860s, the country s western frontier was simultaneously the site of significant military campaigns that took the lives of both American and Sioux The Dakota campaign, led by Commander Henry Hastings Sibley and Brigadier General Alfred Sully against the Sioux between 1863 and 1864 was greater in scope, intensity and bloodshed than almost all other Indian battles fought in the West but is often overlooked The Minnesota War of 1862 and the Dakota War of 1863 1865 were among the most significant U.S victories in the Indian wars, but did not temper the passions of the Sioux to preserve their people and land or the desires of the whites to settle the frontier The wars only incited the Teton Sioux to enter into a long term resistance that would end only at Wounded Knee in 1890.
The Dakota War The United States Army Versus the Sioux As the United States fought the Civil War in the early s the country s western frontier was simultaneously the site of significant military campaigns that took the lives of both American and Siou

  • Title: The Dakota War: The United States Army Versus the Sioux, 1862-1865
  • Author: Micheal Clodfelter
  • ISBN: 9780786427260
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Dakota War: The United States Army Versus the Sioux, 1862-1865”

    1. While this book is easy to read, it feels like it was written to perpetuate romantic notions of the West rather than to convey accurate historical information. Adding to this is a disturbing amount of racist ideology sprinkled throughout the book. The wars between the Dakota and the European Americans is described as an "inevitable conflict between the progressive and the primitive", and members of the Dakota nation are characterized using phases such as as "howling Sioux warriors", "willing squ [...]

    2. This history by Clodfelter is a good example of what drives Dakota people crazy when white historians write about the Dakota War. There are many instances of thoughtless usage, but the more basic issue is the failure to read sources critically. Sometimes Clodfelter seems judicious, weighing the credibility and weight of alternative narratives, but then other times he seems thoughtless. Here is an offline example, that is, one not directly pertaining to the main action. Clodfelter recounts how fo [...]

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