Columns of Vengeance: Soldiers, Sioux, and the Punitive Expeditions, 1863–1864

Columns of Vengeance Soldiers Sioux and the Punitive Expeditions In summer Minnesotans found themselves fighting interconnected wars the first against the rebellious Southern states and the second an internal war against the Sioux While the Civil War was imp

  • Title: Columns of Vengeance: Soldiers, Sioux, and the Punitive Expeditions, 1863–1864
  • Author: Paul N. Beck
  • ISBN: 9780806143446
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In summer 1862, Minnesotans found themselves fighting interconnected wars the first against the rebellious Southern states, and the second an internal war against the Sioux While the Civil War was important to the future of the United States, the Dakota War of 1862 proved far destructive to the people of Minnesota both whites and American Indians It led to U.S.In summer 1862, Minnesotans found themselves fighting interconnected wars the first against the rebellious Southern states, and the second an internal war against the Sioux While the Civil War was important to the future of the United States, the Dakota War of 1862 proved far destructive to the people of Minnesota both whites and American Indians It led to U.S military action against the Sioux, divided the Dakotas over whether to fight or not, and left hundreds of white settlers dead In Columns of Vengeance, historian Paul N Beck offers a reappraisal of the Punitive Expeditions of 1863 and 1864, the U.S Army s response to the Dakota War of 1862.Whereas previous accounts have approached the Punitive Expeditions as a military campaign of the Indian Wars, Beck argues that the expeditions were also an extension of the Civil War The strategy and tactics reflected those of the war in the East, and Civil War operations directly affected planning and logistics in the West Beck also examines the devastating impact the expeditions had on the various bands and tribes of the Sioux Whites viewed the expeditions as punishment columns of vengeance sent against those Dakotas who had started the war in 1862 yet the majority of the Sioux the army encountered had little or nothing to do with the earlier uprising in Minnesota.Rather than relying only on the official records of the commanding officers involved, Beck presents a much fuller picture of the conflict by consulting the letters, diaries, and personal accounts of the common soldiers who took part in the expeditions, as well as rare personal narratives from the Dakotas Drawing on a wealth of firsthand accounts and linking the Punitive Expeditions of 1863 and 1864 to the overall Civil War experience, Columns of Vengeance offers fresh insight into an important chapter in the development of U.S military operations against the Sioux.

    One thought on “Columns of Vengeance: Soldiers, Sioux, and the Punitive Expeditions, 1863–1864”

    1. I have three words for you: NEW MILITARY HISTORY!!! Beck beautifully illustrates a harsh, violent era built on vengeance that encapsulated the plains of North Dakota and Minnesota in the early 1860s in a way that other scholars have failed to do. By painstakingly seeking out, researching, and drawing conclusions from hundreds of primary sources left by the thousands of ordinary soldiers that took part in a war - and not JUST the official documents created by generals who wished to make every bat [...]

    2. ry readable historymetimes it can be as dry as cardboardunfortunately more of the same injustice that was buried under the glamorous and brave recounting by The White Man Writing History

    3. My review of Columns of Vengeance, recorded today for Prairie Public radio, is pasted into the "New Work on the Dakota War" thread established below.

    4. Excellent use of sources, great bottom-up history, but Beck is not a particularly good writer. He's a good historian but not a great storyteller.

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