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In "The American Indian as Participant in the Civil War" by Annie Heloise Abel, readers are taken on a captivating journey through a lesser-known aspect of American history. This well-researched and detailed book sheds light on the often overlooked contribution of Native Americans during the Civil War.

Abel's work is a treasure trove of information, as she carefully delves into the experiences of various tribes and individuals who participated in the war. Through meticulous research, the author brings to life the struggles, triumphs, and sacrifices made by Native Americans on both sides of the conflict. By using primary sources such as letters, diaries, and firsthand accounts, Abel offers a genuinely compelling narrative that captures the essence of Native American experiences during this tumultuous period.

One of the book's greatest strengths is Abel's ability to humanize the Native American participants, ensuring their stories are not overshadowed by the larger events of the war. She highlights the complexity of their experiences and the challenges they faced, including racism, cultural clashes, and a fight for their own autonomy amidst the chaos of the Civil War. By doing so, Abel dispels common stereotypes and misconceptions, providing readers with a more comprehensive understanding of the diverse Native American perspectives.

Abel's writing style is engaging and accessible, allowing readers from diverse backgrounds to immerse themselves in this fascinating history. While the book is thoroughly researched, it never feels overwhelming or dry. Instead, Abel blends historical context with personal anecdotes, which helps solidify the emotional connection between readers and the characters in her narrative. She expertly balances the academic rigor necessary for a historical study with a captivating storytelling approach.

Additionally, the book includes a wealth of photographs, illustrations, and maps, further enhancing the reader's engagement with the material. These visual aids not only serve to complement Abel's prose but also contribute to a deeper understanding of the Native American experiences during the war.

However, one aspect that could be improved upon is the inclusion of additional perspectives. Although Abel covers a wide range of tribes and individuals, it would have been beneficial for the book to showcase even more diverse voices. This would have provided an even broader understanding of the Native American experience during this tumultuous period.

Overall, "The American Indian as Participant in the Civil War" is a compelling and thought-provoking book that adds a crucial piece to the puzzle of American history. Annie Heloise Abel's meticulous research, engaging writing style, and dedication to representing the Native American experience make this work not only informative but also highly enjoyable to read. Scholars, history enthusiasts, and anyone interested in Native American history should definitely pick up this book and discover the untold stories of these brave individuals who played a significant role in the Civil War.

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[Illustration: Facsimile of Negro Bill of Sale]

THE AMERICAN INDIAN AS PARTICIPANT IN THE CIVIL WAR

BY ANNIE HELOISE ABEL, Ph.D. Professor of History, Smith College

1919

To My former colleagues and students at Goucher College and in the College Courses for Teachers, Johns Hopkins University this book is affectionately dedicated

CONTENTS

I THE BATTLE OF PEA RIDGE, OR ELKHORN AND ITS MORE IMMEDIATE EFFECTS 13 II LANE'S BRIGADE AND THE INCEPTION OF THE INDIAN 37 III THE INDIAN REFUGEES IN SOUTHERN KANSAS 79 IV THE ORGANIZATION OF THE FIRST INDIAN EXPEDITION 91 V THE MARCH TO TAHLEQUAH AND THE RETROGRADE MOVEMENT OF THE "WHITE AUXILIARY" 125 VI GENERAL PIKE IN CONTROVERSY WITH GENERAL HINDMAN 147 VII ORGANIZATION OF THE ARKANSAS AND RED RIVER SUPERINTENDENCY 171 VIII THE RETIREMENT OF GENERAL PIKE 185 IX THE REMOVAL OF THE REFUGEES TO THE SAC AND FOX AGENCY 203 X NEGOTIATIONS WITH UNION INDIANS 221 XI INDIAN TERRITORY IN 1863, JANUARY TO JUNE INCLUSIVE 243 XII INDIAN TERRITORY IN 1863, JULY TO DECEMBER INCLUSIVE 283 XIII ASPECTS, CHIEFLY MILITARY, 1864 1865 313 APPENDIX 337 SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 353 INDEX 369

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FACSIMILE OF NEGRO BILL OF SALE 4 SKETCH MAP SHOWING THE MAIN THEATRE OF BORDER WARFARE AND THE LOCATION OF TRIBES WITHIN THE INDIAN COUNTRY 39 PORTRAIT OF COLONEL W... Continue reading book >>




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