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Original 1879 Edition of “Ab-Sa-Ra-Ka, Land of Massacre: Being the Experience of an Officer's Wife on the Plains. With an Outline of Indian Operations and Conferences from 1865 to 1878” by Col. Henry B. Carrington, U.S.A. :: Published by J.B. Lippincott & Co: Philadelphia :: Measures 5 1/4 x 7 1/2" :: Complete with 383 Pages.

VERY GOOD CONDITION: A tightly bound volume, solid hinges, stamp on front blank page, cover wear as shown, generally clean pages with the occasional moderate foxing, fold out map in good shape, complete with all pages and illustrations; overall a great condition example of this rare book on the Sioux Massacres.

AB-SA-RA-KA is Margaret Carrington’s first-person account of westward expansion alongside her husband, Col. Henry B. Carrington. In 1866 Col. Carrington was ordered to build and defend forts along the Bozeman Trail. Margaret’s detailed journals give us an eyewitness description of the fateful incidents that finally erupted in the Fetterman Massacre of 1866.

On July 17, 1866, two soldiers and six wagoners were killed by Sioux Indians. In the next two weeks, fourteen more men died in Sioux attacks. The attacks continued through the summer and fall. On December 21, disaster struck. Recklessly pursuing Indians across a wooded ridge, Brevet Lieutenant Colonel William Fetterman and his company fell into an ambush. It was the worst military blunder of the Indian Wars before the Battle of the Little Big Horn ten years later. Margaret Irvin Carrington, like many officers' wives, kept a journal of her stay in the outposts of the West. She recorded her impressions of the scenery and the inhabitants of Absaraka, in present-day Wyoming, Montana, and the western Dakotas. As the wife of the commander of Fort Phil Kearny, Colonel Henry B. Carrington, she experienced the sequence of events and the heightening of tensions that led to that bloody December day. She could not have known that her journal would come to such a shocking climax, with her husband's career at stake.

Absaraka would continue to have subsequent Indian wars, lending the name of “The Land of the Massacres. The Black Hills gold rush combined with military infighting and arrogance served as the spark that set off the explosive and bloody defense of their lands by the Indian tribes. In 1876, a follow up disaster, known as the Great Sioux War of 1876 or Black Hills War, robbed the army of twelve officers and two hundred and forty-seven brave men, was but the sequel to that series of encounters which first reached the world through the tragedy of 1866. Among many of the battle and skirmishes of the war was the Battle of the Little Bighorn, often known as Custer’s Last Stand, the most storied of the many encounters between the U.S. army and mounted Plains Indians.

This edition of AB-SA-RA-KA is revised and expanded to include even more details and notes on the Indian Operations. The new matter includes other operations in the Valleys of Powder, Tongue, Big Horn, Yellowstone rivers, while the additional fold-out map includes territory as far north as the British Possessions, and the future battle field region, if Indians were to invade Canada. The portraits illustrate styles of Indian dress while introducing the leading chiefs who figure into the narrative. The book begins with an Introduction by Col. Henry B. Carrington, written after his wife’s death. As a whole it is a thrilling account and record of the sacrifices of Fetterman, Brown, General Custer, Bradley, and their associates among the brutal Plains Indian wars from 1865 to 1878.


CHAPTER I. Absaraka, Home of the Crows

CHAPTER II. Absaraka described

CHAPTER III. The Natural History and Climate of Absaraka

CHAPTER IV. Organization of the Expedition to Absaraka

CHAPTER V. From Fort Kearney to crossing of Union Pacific Railroad — Incidents of the Platte River Travel — Reunion of the Officers of the 18th Infantry — Crossing the Ridiculous Platte

CHAPTER VI. Reminiscences of Ranching, and old times on the route from Leavenworth to Sedgwick

CHAPTER VII. Union Pacific Railroad to Laramie — Court-house Rock — Chimney Rock — Fortification Rock — Scott's Bluffs — Wonderful Fishing— Visit of Standing Elk

CHAPTER VIII. Fort Laramie Council of 18G6 — Its results foreshadowed — The Aborigines in the marts of trade — How the Indians did and did not

CHAPTER IX. Laramie to Reno — Camp Phisterer Canon — Laramie Peak —Wild Flora— Pumpkin Buttes

CHAPTER X. Fort Reno — Indian Raid — Fort Laramie Treaty tested — Fourth of July in Absaraka — Organization of Mountain District — Onward Movement — More Rattlesnakes — Mercury 113° above zero— What it did

CHAPTER XI. Reconnaissance — Indian messengers — Warnings — Location of Fort Philip Kearney — Conduct of the troops, and its cause

CHAPTER XII. Arrival of Indians — The Cheyenne in council — Black Horse, The Rabbit that Jumps, Red Sleeve, Dull Knife, and others have much talk and "heap of smoke"

CHAPTER XIII. Massacre of Louis Gazzou's party — Indian raid and great loss of mules — The Cheyennes again — Forty hostile demonstrations -of the " peaceable tribes " — The Laramie Treaty incidentally tested — Massacre of Lieutenant Daniels — A fighting parson

CHAPTER XIV. Conduct of the Crow Indians — What Bridger and Beckwith say

CHAPTER XV. Visit of Inspector-General Hazen — Reinforcements on the way — Mounted Infantry compared with Sioux Light Cavalry — United States mails — Corral system — Timber and lumber supplied to order

CHAPTER XVI. Fort Philip Kearney and surroundings — A picnic — Ascent of the mountains — Lake Smedt — Fine scenery — Plan of the fort

CHAPTER XVII. Two holidays — October inspection and review — First garrison Flag hoisted in Absaraka — Incidents of the day — Indian response to a national salute — Looking-glasses in abundance — Evening levee

CHAPTER XVIII. A day of incidents— Hostile Sioux and friendly Cheyennes — Narrow escape of the latter — Our picket mimicked—More massacres — Croquet introduced into Absaraka

CHAPTER XIX. Night scenes — Celestial and terrestrial visitors — Aurora- Lunar rainbow — Meteorites — Indians all in their war-paint

CHAPTER XX. Domestic, social, and religious life, with the episodes therein occurring

CHAPTER XXI. Indian warfare — Things a woman can learn when she has seen them tried

CHAPTER XXII. Indian arms, habits, and customs — The arrow beats the revolver

CHAPTER XXIII. Massacre of Lieutenant Bingham — Accounts given by officers — Extracts from journal

CHAPTER XXIV. Fetterman's massacre — Its lessons

CHAPTER XXV. The funeral — Burial of fourscore and one victims of the massacre — Cold and sad holidays — Expeditions abandoned — Reinforcements of August yet behind

CHAPTER XXVI. Comedy of errors — Enterprise of the press — Transactions in Absaraka mysteriously known to the public before they had information of the same

CHAPTER XXVII. New Year's changes — 1867 — March to Fort Reno — Mercury 4J° below zero — How it felt and what it did

CHAPTER XXVIII. Fort Reno to Fort Caspar — Thence to the United States — Courtesies of the route — Visits of dignitaries, military, civil, and Indian, at McPherson — More changes.

CHAPTER XXIX. In memoriam

CHAPTER XXX. Omaha to Virginia City, Montana

CHAPTER XXXI. Indian affairs on the Plains — Incidents of 1865-7 — Treaty Conflicts — Laramie treaty a substantial failure — The Phil Kearney massacre enlarged the theatre of war — Volunteers discharged — Pawnees enlisted — Affairs on the Platte — Visit from Spotted Tail and others — Incidents of the visit — Indian Commissioners

CHAPTER XXXII. Indian affairs on the Plains — Incidents of 1867 — " The Whistler," "Pawnee Killer," "Little Bull," and other chiefs in council at Fort McPherson — Visit of Lieutenant-Colonel Custer — General Sherman's views of the demands of ranchemen — Visit of Mr. William Blackmore, of London

CHAPTER XXXIII. Indian affairs on the Plains — Incidents, 1867-73 — Renewed raids in Big Horn region — Red Cloud's Ultimatum in 1867 — Action of Congress — General Augur as to the posts — Army trials — New treaties — New commissioners — General Sheridan as to the animus of the Army — The whole frontier attacked — War with Arrapahoes, Cheyennes, and Kiowas — Fights of Custer, Forsythe, and others — First conferences — Sitting Bull rejects the overtures of Red Cloud — Quiet in 1872 — The treaties of 1868 prove beneficial — Custer's fight on the Yellowstone, in 1873 — His report considered — Old Fort Kearney abandoned — Special reminiscences of its career

CHAPTER XXXIV. Indian affairs on the Plains — Incidents from 1874 to 1877 — Indians can keep faith — Hostilities of 1874 — Colonel Miles on Red Kivcr — Bishop "Whipple as to captives sent to Florida— White men at fault— Chief " White Head" on profane swearing — Custer's expedition to the Black Hills — General Terry suppresses citizen emigration — Professor Marsh, of Yale College, at Ked Cloud Agency — Raids in 1875 — Lieutenant-Colonel Dodge Surveys the Black Hills — Lieutenant-Colonel Forsythe ascends the Yellowstone — Official reports of the year — Campaign of 1876 opened — Colonel Reynolds destroys camp of Crazy Horse — Fearful exposure of the troops — Official reports — Suggestions to critics — Complimentary order of department commander — General Crook's fight on Rosebud Creek — General Sherman's report — River distances on the Yellowstone given — General Terry takes the field — Custer's massacre — General Sheridan concentrates the army — Colonel Miles pursues Sitting Bull — General Crook drives Crazy Horse to the Black Hills — Crows vent their hatred on the Sioux — Army officers put in charge of the Indian Agencies

CHAPTER XXXV. Indian affairs on the Plains — Incidents of 1877 — Policy of the General of the Army — Opinion of Senator Lane and others — Effect of Custer's massacre — New forts in the Big Horn region — Military object of those first built — Colonel Miles routs Crazy Horse — Fight on Muddy Creek fork of the Rosebud — Crazy Herse surrenders — Agencies re-located — Conference with Sitting Bull — Commissioner Shanks as to Chief Joseph — The Nez Perces campaign, in detail — Operations of Howard, Gibbon, Sturgis, Miles, and others — Capture of Joseph, in battle — His character — His intercourse with General Shanks — Colonel Sturgis's report noticed

CHAPTER XXXVI. Honor to whom honor — Wrongs done the Indian — The conduct of the army — Report of Colonel Manypenny, Commissioner — His tribute to Generals Sherman, Harney, and others — The " Ten Commandments and the Sword" in the hands of civilization — Survivors of the operations of 1866 — The 7th Cavalry at the end of 1877 — The Crow Indians of Ah-sa-ka-ka remembered.

Appendix I. — Special Senate documents on Phil Kearney massacre

Appendix II.— Officers killed on the Plains, 1865-78

Appendix III. — Troops on the Plains, and disposition of the Army, May, 1878

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