On the Border with CROOK (1891)

On the Border with CROOK (1891)❰KINDLE❯ ✽ On the Border with CROOK (1891) Author John G. Bourke – Oaklandjobs.co.uk John Gregory Bourke 1846 – 1896 was a captain in the United States Army and a prolific diarist and postbellum author; he wrote several books about the American Old West including ethnologies of its John Gregory Bourke Border with PDF/EPUB Ä – was a captain in the United States Army and a prolific diarist and postbellum author; he wrote several books about the American Old West including ethnologies of its indigenous peoples He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions while a cavalryman in the Union Army On the eBook ¾ during the American Civil War Based on his service during the war his commander nominated him to West Point where he graduated in leading to service as an Army officer until He served as an aide to General George Crook in the Apache Wars from to As Crook's aide Bourke the Border with Kindle Ô had the opportunity to witness every facet of life in the Old West—the battles wildlife the internal suabbling among the military the Indian Agency settlers and Native Americans The author is well known in literary and scientific circles by his work The Snake Dance of the Mouis and other ethnological researches The present volume tells the story in a fascinating way of many years of frontier service with General Crook—a story that is far less known in the country than it deserves to be Endowed with brilliant talents and devoted to his chief he saw the salient points of every movement in a then extremely hostile country and jotted down in his note books from which this book is written all the grave and various incidents which distinguished General Crook's campaigns against the Apaches and afterward against the hostile Sioux of the North He kept voluminous notes during all these years and from them has written a book of surpassing interest The events of campaign after campaign are related in witty narrative form embracing not only pleasant and often ludicrous incidents but also hardships— cold hunger and dangers—borne by the troops in these little appreciated Western services Few except those who followed General Crook in these campaigns can form any idea of their hardships and fewer still realize the unwearying devotion displayed by him under the most trying circumstances or his entire disregard of his own personal comfort and the persistence and courage with which he followed out his plans He cared nothing for personal distinctions and always seemed the embodiment of duty He was called a great Indian fighter but he was the last one to provoke an Indian outbreak and was only satisfied to fight when all means of preserving peace had failed He had a wonderful faculty for gaining and keeping the confidence of the Indians and seemed to understand their nature thoroughly For nearly twenty years in all his hardest Indian campaigns from Mexico to the Yellowstone from lands of sun to lands of snow Captain Bourke was the general's intimate and trusted friend and this book while not a biography is full of intensely interesting details of one of the most picturesue and heroic of lives The conditions of Indian warfare which he had to meet are not likely to occur again The vast regions of former hostile occupancy have dwindled into small reservations and railroads and civilization have marked the Indian for absorption into the body politic But this story of the services of General Crook and those who served with him in his campaigns is not likely to be forgotten This book is written in a happy vein and the narration of events recorded while adhering to strict accuracy is full of vivacity and polish of diction There is not a dull page in it Frontier life in its most picturesue phases with packers teamsters scouts guides Indians and all the incidents of campaigning in a wild and hostile country appear in realistic color. To learn about Bourke I suggest 'Paper Medicine Man'Paper Medicine Man John Gregory Bourke and His American WestThe Apaches intrigued by this strange white soldier who always seemed to be writing began calling him 'Paper Medicine Man' To the Sioux he was 'Ink Man'Another to re read too long since I took Bourke's tour of Apache southwest wonder if could be considered classic Would like to ride mules then with John and the GeneralFor a well written fiction perspective to 'On the Border' Forrest Carter's Watch for Me is a noir Apache novel one that could also provide an introduction to General Crook Watch for Me on the MountainFor about Crook see MagidGeorge Crook From the Redwoods to Appomattox Great first hand account from the Army pov of the Apache and SiouxCheyenne wars George Crook was a rare leader of honesty and character Good material on early days in Tucson AZ in there The thing I picked up after having a minor in Native American Studies and History of the American West is that scout Indians turned on their own tribes and helped Crook and the Army You won't find that fact in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee which portrays Indians as being in total solidarity to white advance But then one always gets a accurate view reading first hand sources like this one over interpretations like Bury My Heart The coverage of the second Apache campaign against Geronimo is a little weak as Bourke covers the surrender and the politics and not much than that But what rings through is Crook's character and integrity I learned much about life on the frontier in the American west This is not just a classic historical reference it is also a gem in terms of elouent descriptive style As a staff officer with General Crook during the Indian wars of the late 19th century John Bourke was perfectly placed to observe the transformation of the West Within three or four decades the Rocky Mountains and Plains changed from the largely untrammeled terrain of itinerants and Native groups to a promised land for settlers dreamers and opportunists of every stripe Campaigns and policies developed by General Crook played a notable part in compelling the tribes of that region to accept these new conditions As Crook's Boswell Bourke makes a point of chronicling his commander’s thinking as well as his characteristics Crook’s first rule in dealing with Native Americans was honesty – a uality not always employed in these circumstances Through this approach he was able to recruit Indian allies This was a key to his success for Indians were able to defeat their hostile brethren where orthodox cavalry and infantry could expect limited progress if anyCrook is remembered in particular for his imposition of peace on the Apaches of Arizona and the surrounding area Bourke’s account of conditions in central and southern Arizona excels Not only does he give a sympathetic view of the Native American perspective but he also leaves a rare sketch of Hispanic and American Arizonans For example his description of Tucson of the 1870s and some of its colorful residents is a delight to read His observations and his skill in phrasing breathe life into a period that in a state barely 100 years old sometimes seems like prehistory Bourke wrote this memoir 20 years after Crook’s initial campaigns but he appears to have had vivid recall and has left a legacy deserving recognition from any reader interested in American expansion into the West I expected a history I could not determine what kind of book I was reading but not what I was hopi ng Maybe you will feel differently He was ThereI love history and enjoy boos that are well researched gathering the facts and giving an objective account of the past However reading a book from the perspective of an actual eye Witness to history is often a treat Especially when the author is able to bring scenes to your mind that put you there as a fellow observer If you want to ride with the cavalry respect the Native American watch in horror the warpath AND the outrage and betrayal of the American Indian of the 1800's this is a great readIf you also desire to see smile smell taste and behold the natural wonders of the West before it knew the white man this is a great readIf you desire to follow a soldiernaturalist who can vividly describe in detail the deer bear big horn elk antelope and buffalo and Watch as men shoot dinner without leaving the campsite There is so much enjoy John Gregory Bourke served under General George Crook as his aide de camp for thirteen years 1871 1883 during which time he kept a diary documenting his observations of everything from the general’s character temperament and achievements to descriptions of topography and wildlife to living conditions in the frontier forts and settlements of Arizona the Dakotas and Montana to detailed accounts of the Apache Sioux and Cheyenne Published in 1892 On the Border with Crook General George Crook the American Indian Wars and Life on the American Frontier is a firsthand account of the general and the Indian campaigns and has been recognized as “one of the ten best western books of all time”Having said that readers will encounter extended passages listing the names of soldiers and Indian scouts involved in the various campaigns; not just those whom history has identified as important but every single individual involved Additionally the first uarter of the book discusses life in the Arizona territory prior to General Crook’s arrival with whimsical descriptions of Western characters many of whom have no relationship to the remainder of the bookThese are minor uibbles Bourke brings to life the hardships endured with insights into specific engagements between the Indians and the military that could only be gained from eyewitness accounts His narrative doesn’t gloss over the brutality of battle nor the savagery of outrages perpetrated by Native Americans but it also highlights General Crook’s faith in the American Indian and his advocacy for their full rights as US citizens Following their subjugation and placement on reservations he gives full shrift to their grievances against the actions of unscrupulous Indian agents and he decries the imprisonment of Indian scouts who faithfully served the militaryThe numbers of Native Americans who actually took up arms against their own people came as a revelation I was aware of their involvement in tracking down hostile Indians attempting to elude pursuit by the US Army but I hadn’t realized the extent to which they fought alongside Their participation proved to be a deciding factor in ending the Indian Wars Many of the tribes gave voice to the conviction that they might have held out against white encroachment onto their lands but the combined strength of Indian and white forces was too much to overcomeBourke ends his book with the death of General Crook March 21 1890 at age sixty one He laments his passing with this comment“Crook’s modesty was so great and his aversion to pomp and circumstance so painfully prominent a feature of his character and disposition that much which has been here related would never be known from other sources” Great resource on Arizona History I found the writing well done and the historical descriptions of early Arizona of cavalry life and the native American dilemma fascinating But the Native Americans were people to behold Their ingenuity and strength to live off the land in harsh environments and their incredible endurance to maintain their way of life all while struggling with foreign invaders who have advanced weapons and endless resources was eually fascinating and important I do have new admiration for General Crook especially when I walked down his trail on the Rim It just opened my eyes to the great accomplishment of it all He also seemed to genuinely care for the native population and went out of his way to bring them up to speed with white Americans and society but as we all know many men in power looked to taking advantage of the native population as way to get rich all while keeping them “savage” in everyone’s eyes to maintain their crooked enterprises I have to thank the writer John Bourke for the vast amount of information he recorded in his notes through out his years with General Crook and for writing this historical narrative General Crook ended the Apache wars in the American Southwest Bourke served as one of his officers in those wars for many years so this is a first hand account One of the best books ever written on the Indian Wars Capt John Gregory Bourke is half Amry Officer and half Anthropolgist