Some of these were from Sitting Bulls band They had run away when Sitting Bull

Some of these were from sitting bulls band they had

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hundred people. Some of these were from Sitting Bull’s band. They had run away when Sitting Bull was killed, and joined Big Foot on Good River. There were only about a hundred warriors in his band, and all the others were women and children and some old men. They were all starving and freezing, and Big Foot was so sick that they had to bring him along in a pony drag. When they crossed Smoky Earth River, they followed up Medicine Root Creek to its head. Soldiers were over there looking for them. The soldiers had everything and were not freezing and starving. Near Porcupine Butte the soldiers came up to the Big Foots, and they surrendered and went along with the soldiers to Wounded Knee Creek.” Commanding General Nelson A. Miles: “During the night Colonel Forsyth joined the command with reinforcements of several troops of the 7th Calvary. The next morning he deployed his troops around the camp, placed two pieces of artillery in position, and demanded the surrender of the arms of the warriors. This was complied with by the warriors going out from camp and placing the arms on the ground where they were directed. Chief Big Foot, an old man, sick at the time and unable to walk, was taken out of a wagon and laid on the ground.” Dewey Beard, Lakota: “… I did not sleep that night – did not lie down till morning – was afraid – could not rest or be quiet or easy. There was great uneasiness among the Indians all night; they were up most of the night – were fearful that they were to be killed….” Philip F. Wells, Interpreter for General Forsyth: “I was interpreting for General Forsyth… The captured Indians had been ordered to give up their arms, but Big Foot replied that his people had no arms. Forsyth said to me, ‘Tell Big Foot he says the Indians have no arms, yet yesterday they were well armed when they surrendered. He is deceiving me. Tell him he need have no fear in giving up his arms, as I wish to treat him kindly…’ Big Foot replied, ‘They have no guns, except such as you have found. I collected all my guns at the Cheyenne River Agency and turned them in. They were all burned.’ They had about a dozen old-fashioned guns, tied together with strings – not a decent one in the lot….” [15] 6. A “cur” is an aggressive dog or one that is in poor condition. 7. Short for “lieutenant colonel.” 3
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Joseph Horn Cloud, Lakota: “While this was going on, the same officers said to the Indians, ‘I want you all to stand in a rank before the officers… I want the same number of soldiers to stand in front of the Indians and take the cartridges out of the guns and cock them and aim at their foreheads and pull the triggers. After this you will be free.’ Some of the Indians were getting wild at such talk and some said, ‘Now he sees that we have nothing in our hands, so he talks this way.’ Others said, ‘We are not children to be talked to like this.’ A man cried out:’ Take courage! Take courage!’ Big Foot spoke up, ‘Yes, take courage. There are too many children and old people.’” Philip F. Wells, Interpreter for General Forsyth:
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