"The Horrors of Indian Captivity: Narrative Of My Captivity Among The Sioux Indians" by Fanny Kelly is an inside look at what captivity among the wild tribes of the Great Plains was like, by someone who experienced it first hand.
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Fanny Kelly (1845-1904) was born in Canada and moved as a child to Kansas where she married Josiah Kelly. Josiah's health began to fail and he hoped that a change of climate would aid it. So Josiah, Fanny, her seven-year-old niece, and adopted daughter, Mary Hurley, along with two "colored servants" – -Franklin and Andy – -set out in May 1864 from Geneva, Kansas for the region that is now Idaho or Montana. Their small wagon train was attacked by Sioux Indians and Fanny and Mary were taken captive.
The book is devoted to Fanny's adventure and travails among the Sioux during her more than 5 month captivity. She details the Sioux way of life, habits, ceremonies, and savage customs.
A must read for the student of Native American history on the Great Plains. It also serves as background material in understanding the final struggle of the western Indians to preserve their way of life against the flood of emigrants after the Civil War.The struggle would be hopelessly lost in the next decade as the advanced military technology spawned by the Civil War overwhelmed the bravery of the Indians.
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