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John Gregory Bourke kept a monumental set of diaries beginning as a young cavalry lieutenant in Arizona in 1872, and ending the evening before his death in 1896. As aide-de-camp to Brigadier General George Crook, he had an insider's view of the early Apache campaigns, the Great Sioux War, the Cheyenne Outbreak, and the Geronimo War. Bourke's writings reveal much about military life on the western frontier, but he also was a noted ethnologist, writing extensive descriptions of American Indian civilization and illustrating his diaries with sketches and photographs. Previously, researchers could consult only a small part of Bourke’s diary material in various publications, or else take a research trip to the archive and microfilm housed at West Point. Now, for the first time, the 124 manuscript volumes of the Bourke diaries are being compiled, edited, and annotated by Charles M. Robinson III, in a planned set of six books easily accessible to the modern researcher. Volume 1 begins with Bourke’s years as aide-de-camp to General Crook during the Apache campaigns and in dealings with Cochise. Bourke’s ethnographic notes on the Apaches continued with further observations on the Hopis in 1874. The next year he turned his pen on the Sioux and Cheyenne during the 1875 Black Hills Expedition, writing some of his most jingoistic comments in favor of Manifest Destiny. This volume culminates with the momentous events of the Great Sioux War and vivid descriptions of the Powder River fight and the Battle of the Rosebud. Extensively annotated and with a biographical appendix on Indians, civilians, and military personnel named in the diaries, this book will appeal to western and military historians, students of American Indian life and culture, and to anyone interested in the development of the American West.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. The Diaries of John Gregory Bourke VOLUME 1
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowlegments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction: John Gregory Bourke: The Man and His Work
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Part 1 Arizona 1872–1875
  2. p. 15
  1. maps of camps upgraded to forts in 1879-81
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  1. Background
  2. pp. 17-26
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  1. Chapter 1 • Crook’s Offensive
  2. pp. 27-54
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  1. Chapter 2 • Meeting Cochise
  2. pp. 55-66
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  1. Chapter 3 • Mopping Up
  2. pp. 67-82
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  1. Chapter 4 • Reservation and Ruins
  2. pp. 83-100
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  1. Chapter 5 • The Hopi Villages
  2. pp. 101-122
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  1. Part 2 Department of the Platte 1875–1876
  2. p. 123
  1. map of departments
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  1. Background
  2. pp. 125-132
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  1. Chapter 6 • Farewell to Arizona
  2. pp. 133-144
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  1. Chapter 7 • Southern California and the Mormon Zion
  2. pp. 145-157
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  1. Chapter 8 • A Scientific Expedition
  2. pp. 158-174
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  1. Chapter 9 • Into the Black Hills
  2. pp. 175-192
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  1. Part 3 The Great Sioux War 1876–1877
  2. p. 193
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 195-205
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  1. Chapter 10 • The Big Horn Expedition
  2. pp. 206-215
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  1. Chapter 11 • The March North
  2. pp. 216-230
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  1. Chapter 12 • The Soldier's Routine
  2. pp. 231-244
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  1. Chapter 13 • The Powder River Fight
  2. pp. 245-262
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  1. Chapter 14 • A Trip to the Indian Agencies
  2. pp. 263-283
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  1. Chapter 15 • The Big Horn and Yellowstone Expedition
  2. pp. 284-299
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  1. Chapter 16 • Camp Life
  2. pp. 300-318
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  1. Chapter 17 • The Battle of the Rosebud
  2. pp. 319-335
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  1. Chapter 18 • Hunting and Fishing on the Tongue
  2. pp. 336-356
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  1. Chapter 19 • The War Resumes
  2. pp. 357-372
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  1. Chapter 20 • A Case of Nerves
  2. pp. 373-388
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  1. Appendix 1 • Persons Mentioned in the Diary
  2. pp. 389-450
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  1. Appendix 2 • Orders of particular importance to Bourke's narrative—Arizona
  2. pp. 451-455
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  1. Appendix 3 • Names of Indian tribes in Arizona Department
  2. pp. 456-457
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  1. Appendix 4 • Names of Indian agents and agencies in Arizona
  2. p. 458
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  1. Appendix 5 • Posts in the Department of Arizona
  2. p. 459
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  1. Appendix 6 • Table of distances between Prescott and the following points
  2. pp. 460-461
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  1. Appendix 7 • Command of Maj. Brown which left Mt. Graham, February 15, 1873
  2. p. 462
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  1. Appendix 8 • Tables of distances between Fort Yuma and Various Points
  2. p. 463
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  1. Appendix 9 • Table of routes to posts in southern Arizona
  2. p. 464
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  1. Appendix 10 • Names of chiefs who assisted Crook in the Apache Campaign
  2. pp. 465-466
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  1. Appendix 11 • Names of hostile chiefs in the Apache Campaign
  2. p. 467
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  1. Appendix 12 • Interview between Major W. H. Brown and Cochise
  2. pp. 468-470
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  1. Appendix 13 • Letter from Bourke regarding Lieutenant Jacob Almy's Death
  2. pp. 471-472
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  1. Appendix 14 • Extraneous notes of Hopi life
  2. pp. 473-474
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  1. Appendix 15 • Orders of particular importance to Bourke's narrative—Dept. of the Platte
  2. pp. 475-476
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  1. Appendix 16 • New York Herald coverage of Crook's Big Horn and Yellowstone Expedition New York Herald
  2. pp. 477-488
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 489-497
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 499-518
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781574414264
Related ISBN
9781574411614
MARC Record
OCLC
70747217
Pages
528
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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