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The Kit Carson campaign : the last great Navajo war, Clifford E. Trafzer

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The Kit Carson campaign : the last great Navajo war
Title
The Kit Carson campaign
Title remainder
the last great Navajo war
Statement of responsibility
Clifford E. Trafzer
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Contributor
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In these pages Clifford E. Trafzer recounts the bloody events of Colonel Kit Carson's campaign against the Navajos in the 1860s and the Indians' doomed efforts to evade the famous, wily scout. To tell his story, the author draws not only on traditional archival sources but also on Navajo oral history and tradition. After a brief introduction surveying the events leading up to the campaign, the author presents and even-handed account of the policies pursued by General James H. Carleton, commander of the Military Department of New Mexico and proponenet of the reservation system, and the role Carson played in the final Navajo war. The chapters graphically describe the scorched-earth campaign of destruction of Navajo fields and animals and the relentless winter pursuit of starving, freezing, shelterless Navajos. Cason's campaign through the Cañon de Chelly is detailed day by day, as is the forced removal - the Long Walk - of over eight thousand defeated Navajos to the Bosque Redondo, where they met further starvation, disease, death, and, perhaps worst of all, reservation life as prisoners of the war. Trafzer argues that it was General Carleton, not Carson, who formulated the policy of reservation or extermination against Navajos and that Carson merely implemented the policy. Yet Carson, loyal soldier that he was, did not always follow Carleton's orders to the letter : he avoided launching an all out war of extermination against the Indians who would not surrender. This book presents a tragic era in the history of the Navajos, one that remains stark and horrifying in the hearts and minds of the Diné - the People - to this day, and a bloody chapter in the history of western expansion -- Book jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
979/.02
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
E83.859
LC item number
.T7 1982
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The Kit Carson campaign : the last great Navajo war, Clifford E. Trafzer
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-270) and index
Control code
7924967
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xviii, 277 pages
Isbn
9780806116839
Lccn
81040283
Note
Library{u2019}s copy 2 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. Items laid in: 2 copied newspaper clippings; 1 notecard listing pages marked with post-it notes; 1 copied journal article (in 2 parts); 1 copied book catalog sheet. With covered dust jacket.
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits.
Label
The Kit Carson campaign : the last great Navajo war, Clifford E. Trafzer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-270) and index
Control code
7924967
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xviii, 277 pages
Isbn
9780806116839
Lccn
81040283
Note
Library{u2019}s copy 2 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. Items laid in: 2 copied newspaper clippings; 1 notecard listing pages marked with post-it notes; 1 copied journal article (in 2 parts); 1 copied book catalog sheet. With covered dust jacket.
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits.

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