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212. UNITED STATES. ARMY. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSOURI. Record of Engagements with Hostile Indians within the Military Division of the Missouri from 1868 to 1882, Lieutenant General P. H. Sheridan, Commanding. Compiled from Official Records. Washington:  GPO, 1882. 112 pp. 8vo, original grey printed upper wrapper, stapled as issued (rear wrapper and lower portion of spine not present). Wrap lightly stained and with one minor chip to lower blank corner, interior, with a few stray pencil marks.

     Second edition of a bedrock military report, including a relatively lengthy description of the Battle of Little Big Horn, although mostly concentrating on the actions engaged in by Reno.  Another edition came out the same year, published at Chicago. Howes states the Washington edition is a reprint.  Campbell, pp. 181-82.  Dustin 247.  Graff 3753 (Chicago edition).  Howes S395: “Official compilation covering the bloodiest years of western warfare.” Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 71.  Rittenhouse 520: “Contains descriptions of about four hundred engagements, arranged by years and briefly described.... Many of the incidents occurred along the Santa Fe Trail.”  Streeter Sale 1827 (Chicago edition).  Tate, Indians of Texas 2428:  “Estimates of Indian casualties in each of these fights are often unreliable.”

     This valuable compilation provides documentation of Texas encounters, including Mackenzie (the Department of Texas was added to the Division of the Missouri in 1871). Noteworthy is the Battle of Palo Duro Canyon, significant because it represented the southern Plains Indians' last effort at military resistance against the encroachments of Anglo settlers and ranchers.  On November 8, 1874, is listed an engagement near McClellan Creek, Texas, in which two of the German sisters were rescued, which also resulted in the eventual rescue of two other of their sisters (see Handbook of Texas Online: German Sisters). Not all of the events listed involve hostilities.  Under July 20, 1881, for example, Sitting Bull’s surrender is noted.  ($250-500) 

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