By Margaret Carrington
On July 17, 1866, squaddies and 6 wagoners have been killed by way of Sioux Indians. within the subsequent weeks, fourteen extra males died in Sioux assaults. The assaults persisted throughout the summer time and fall. On December 21, catastrophe struck. Recklessly pursuing Indians throughout a wooded ridge, Brevet Lieutenant Colonel William Fetterman and his corporation fell into an ambush. It was once the worst army blunder of the Indian Wars earlier than the conflict of the Little Bighorn ten years later.
Margaret Irvin Carrington, like many officials’ better halves, saved a magazine of her remain within the outposts of the West. She recorded her impressions of the surroundings and the population of Absaraka, in present-day Wyoming, Montana, and the western Dakotas. because the spouse of the commander of castle Phil Kearny, Colonel Henry B. Carrington, she skilled the series of occasions and the heightening of tensions that ended in that bloody December day. She couldn't have identified that her magazine might come to this kind of stunning climax, together with her husband’s occupation at stake. this day, her magazine has been reprinted numerous instances over to give this fascinating, eye-opening view into existence at the plains because the spouse of an officer.
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