Tears of Sorrow

Tears of Sorrow

Scheduled for release  June 2018 — Where "The Thirty-Ninth Man" depicted the opening of the Sioux Wars, this historical novel, "Tears Of Sorrow" explains the steps meant to destroy the Free Sioux Nation at Wounded Knee S.D. – Pre-orders will receive special pricing. Watch for more information on pre-ordering.

The presence of the transcontinental railroad south of the Platte River began to thin the buffalo herds when soldiers and settlers began killing them by the thousands. The correspondence between William Tecumseh Sherman and Philip Sheridan in 1868 before the signing of the Fort Laramie Treaty was taking place.

In a private correspondence dated May 10, 1868, Commanding General of the U.S. Army, William Tecumseh Sherman wrote to General Phillip Sheridan, Commander of the Department Of The Missouri, that as long as buffalo roamed parts of Nebraska, “Indians will go there. I think it would be wise to invite all the sportsmen of England and America there this fall for a Grand Buffalo hunt and make one grand sweep of them all.”

In October 1868, Sheridan wrote to Sherman that their best hope to control the Native Americans was to “make them poor by the destruction of their stock, and then settle them on the lands allotted to them.”

Red Cloud signed the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 on November 4 of that year. It contained a clause designating the land north of the North Platte River from the western limit of the new reservation, further west to the Bighorn Mountains as Unceded Indian Territory. Although undefined, the northern boundary came to be considered as the Yellowstone River.

Ceded land meant that it was turned over to another.  The vagueness of the term “Unceded Indian Territory” left much room for interpretation. Adding to the confusion was a clause found in the provision that no whites would be permitted to settle in the Unceded Indian Territory without Indian permission. Lakota lands were to be inviolate, the peace permanent. Red Cloud had won his war. Whether he would prevail in peace, only time would tell.

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