THE UTE WAR: A HISTORY OF THE WHITE RIVER MASSACRE AND THE PRIVATIONS AND HARDSHIPS OF THE CAPTIVE WHITE WOMEN AMONG THE HOSTILES ON GRAND RIVER
by Dawson, Thomas F., and F.J.V. Skiff
Denver, 1879. 192pp. With woodcut portraits. Modern brown morocco, spine gilt. Without the original printed wrappers and advertisements. Small chip in fore edge of titlepage, else internally clean. A very good copy. The primary contemporary account of the events which led up to the removal of the Ute Indians from their lands west of the 107th meridian. By the late 1870s most of the Indians of Colorado had been removed, with the exception of the Utes, who retained certain portions of their lands through the treaties of 1868 and 1873. White land hunger still remained avid, and in 1879 conflict broke out at the White River Agency where, under the direction of Agent Nathan Meeker, tensions had been especially high. After Meeker ordered the plowing of the Indians' race track, a number of Utes left their reservation. Troops were ordered in from Wyoming and were ambushed en route, the agency was attacked, Meeker and eleven men were killed, and five women were abducted, including Meeker's wife and child. After their rescue, the women related tales of horror about their period of bondage, and pressure for Ute removal increased. In 1880 a new treaty ceded most of the Ute lands, and most of the members of the tribes were sent to desolate regions of Utah. "After Hollister...the rarest Colorado imprint" - Howes. Edward Eberstadt writes, based on Dawson's statement, that probably less than a dozen copies of this rarity survive. Apparently the book was used as cartridge wadding by troops during an Indian uprising. In later life Dawson became curator of the Colorado Historical Society. DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY, NOTHING IS LONG AGO 65. STREETER SALE 2194. HOWES D161, "c." VAUGHAN 86. AYER SUPPLEMENT 42. FLAKE 2732. GRAFF 1028. JONES 1601. EBERSTADT 134:210. WILCOX, p.37.
(Inventory #: WRCAM51730)
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