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By Richard Henry Pratt

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ISBN-13: 9780806136035

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Basic Richard Henry Pratt, most sensible referred to as the founder and longtime superintendent of the influential Carlisle Indian university in Pennsylvania, profoundly formed Indian schooling and federal Indian coverage on the flip of the 20th century. Pratt’s lengthy and energetic army profession integrated 8 years of carrier as a military box officer at the western frontier. in the course of that point he participated in many of the sign conflicts with Indians of the southern plains, together with the Washita crusade of 1868-1869 and the crimson River struggle of 1874-1875. He then served as jailor for lots of of the Indians who surrendered. His reviews led him to commit himself to Indian schooling, and from 1879 to 1904, nonetheless on lively army responsibility, he directed the Carlisle college, believing that the one technique to shop Indians from extinction used to be to take away Indian formative years to nonreservation settings and there inculcate in them what he thought of civilized ways.Pratt’s memoirs, edited through Robert M. Utley and with a brand new foreword through David Wallace Adams, supply perception into and realizing of what at the moment are hugely arguable turn-of-the-century Indian schooling regulations.

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Army ( 2 vols. Washington, 1903). For Davidson, see aIso sketch in T. F. Rodenbough, comp.. From Everglade to Cafion with the Second Dragoons (New York, 1875), pp. 443-44. Chapter One tion, and the post spring wagon. M. I had been commissioned in the regular army in March and had joined at that post only two days previously. ~ We had been busy fitting the men with uniforms, organizing the troop, picking the noncommissioned officers, and starting the company records; but no bridles, saddles, or arms had been issued or horses allotted.

T h e wild Indians of the Plains have made us a visit and quietly removed thirteen horses, belonging to the scouts, so effectually that no trace of them is yet found. Should they be found the treaty at Medicine Lodge Creek will compel the nimble (they came afoot) legged, to return them? I I . Although Pratt thus briefly disposes of the Medicine Lodge treaties, they occupy a prominent place in the history that he chronicles in the first few chapters of his memoirs. " T h e commissioners negotiated the Medicine Lodge treaties at a site on Medicine Lodge Creek seventy miles south of Fort Larned, Kansas, in October 1867.

Forts Gibson and Arbuckle, with which Pratt's opening years of western duty were associated, were prewar installations recently reactivated. Established in 1824 by Gen. Matthew Arbuckle on the Neosho (or Grand) River, Fort Gibson was for two decades the most important post on the southwestern frontier. Its purpose was to protect the migrating "civilized tribes" of the East from the wild Plains tribes. After the Civil War, with the advance of the frontier, Fort Gibson lost its prewar importance but continued to serve as a quartermaster depot; supplies were shipped by river steamer from New Orleans for dispatch by wagon to forts farther west.

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