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The Last of the Chiefs A Story of the Great Sioux War   By: (1862-1919)

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The Last of the Chiefs is a captivating historical novel by Joseph Alexander Altsheler. Set during the Great Sioux War, Altsheler takes readers on a thrilling journey through the tumultuous times faced by the Native American tribes, particularly the Sioux Nation.

The story revolves around an unlikely friendship between two individuals from opposing sides: Grey Fox, a prominent Sioux chief, and Ned Fulton, a young American soldier. Altsheler beautifully portrays the complexity of their relationship, immersing readers in a world of conflicting loyalties, cultural differences, and the relentless pull of destiny.

One of the most impressive aspects of Altsheler's writing is his ability to bring historical events to life. Through his detailed descriptions and well-researched narrative, he transports readers to the heart of the Great Sioux War. The attention to historical accuracy is commendable, offering a great educational value for those interested in this period of American history.

The author's character development is another strength of the novel. Grey Fox and Ned Fulton are not one-dimensional heroes or villains; instead, they are multi-faceted individuals with their own fears, dreams, and flaws. Watching their growth and transformation throughout the story is not only engaging but also provides a deeper understanding of the underlying themes of the novel.

Moreover, Altsheler masterfully depicts the beauty and richness of Sioux culture. From traditional ceremonies to vivid descriptions of the Great Plains, readers are treated to an immersive and respectful portrayal of Native American life. These elements not only enhance the authenticity of the story but also serve as a reminder of the tragic consequences that unfolded during this historical period.

The Last of the Chiefs is a compelling and thought-provoking novel that delves into the complexities of war, friendship, and culture. Altsheler's ability to combine history and fiction seamlessly makes for an enthralling read. Whether you are a fan of historical novels or simply interested in exploring different perspectives on American history, this book is sure to captivate and enlighten.

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THE LAST OF THE CHIEFS A Story of the Great Sioux War

by Joseph A. Altsheler


I The Train II King Bison III The Pass IV Treasure Trove V The Lost Valley VI Castle Howard VII An Animal Progression VIII The Trap Makers IX The Timber Wolves X Dick Goes Scouting XI The Terrible Pursuit XII The Fight with Nature XIII Albert's Victory XIV Prisoners XV The Indian Village XVI The Gathering of the Sioux XVII Great Sun Dance XVIII The Circle of Death XIX A Happy Meeting XX Bright Sun's Good by

Chapter I The Train

The boy in the third wagon was suffering from exhaustion. The days and days of walking over the rolling prairie, under a brassy sun, the hard food of the train, and the short hours of rest, had put too severe a trial upon his delicate frame. Now, as he lay against the sacks and boxes that had been drawn up to form a sort of couch for him, his breath came in short gasps, and his face was very pale. His brother, older, and stronger by far, who walked at the wheel, regarded him with a look in which affection and intense anxiety were mingled. It was not a time and place in which one could afford to be ill.

Richard and Albert Howard were bound together by the strongest of brotherly ties. Richard had inherited his father's bigness and powerful constitution, Albert his mother's slenderness and fragility... Continue reading book >>

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