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Schwatka, Frederick to his father re: "the Indian question"

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06913 Author/Creator: Schwatka, Frederick Place Written: Camp Sheridan, Neb. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1877/02/05 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: The letter notes that Sitting Bull, "is a myth. The[re] are about 75 to 100 chiefs who rank him," and that Crazy Horse is "the only war chief of importance." Also mentions Spotted Tail and Red Cloud.

People: Crazy Horse
Sitting Bull
Red Cloud
Spotted Tail
Schwatka, Frederick

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: American West, Military History, American Indian History

Sub Era: Development of the West