Narrative of My Captivity Among the Sioux Indians cover

Narrative of My Captivity Among the Sioux Indians

Fanny Kelly (1845-1904)

1. 00 - Dedication & Introductory
2. 01 - Early History; Canada to Kansas; Death of My Father; My Marriage; 'Ho, For Idaho!' Crossing the Platte River; A Storm
3. 02 - The Attack and the Capture
4. 03 - My Husband's Escape; Burial of the Dead; Arrival of the Survivors at Deer Creek; An Ill-Timed Ball
5. 04 - Beginning of My Captivity
6. 05 - Plan for Little Mary's Escape; Tortures of Uncertainty; Unsuccessful Attempt to Escape
7. 06 - Continuation of our March into the Wilderness; Suffering from Thirst and Weariness; Disappearance of my Fellow Prisoner; Loss of the Old Chief's Pipe and its Consequences to Me; A Scene of Terror
8. 07 - Powder River; Another Attempt to Escape; Detection and Despair; A Quarrel; My Life Saved by 'Jumping Bear'
9. 08 - The Storm; Arrival at the Indian Village; The Old Chief's Wife; Some Kindness Shown Me; Attend a Feast
10. 09 - Preparations for Battle; An Indian Village on the Move; Scalp Dance; A Horrible Scene of Savage Exultation; Compelled to Join the Orgies; A Cause of Indian Hostility; Another Battle with the White Troops; Burial of an Indian Boy; A Hasty Retreat; Made to Act as Surgeon of the Wounded; Mauve Terre, or Bad Lands
11. 10 - Mourning for the Slain; Threatened with Death at the Fiery Stake; Saved by a Speech from Ottawa; Starving Condition of the Indians
12. 11 - Meet Another White Female Captive; Sad Story of Mary Boyeau; A Child Roasted and Its Brains Dashed Out; Murder of Mrs. Fletcher; Five Children Slaughtered; Fate of Their Mother
13. 12 - First Intimation of My Little Mary's Fate; Despair and Delirium; A Shower of Grasshoppers; A Feast and a Fight; An Enraged Squaw; The Chief Wounded
14. 13 - Arrival of 'Porcupine'; A Letter from Captain Marshall; Hopes of Rescue; Treachery of the Messenger; Egosegalonicha; The Tables Turned; Another Gleam of Hope; The Indian 'White Tipi'; Disappointed; A White Man Bound and Left to Starve; A Burial Incident
15. 14 - Lost in the Indian Village; Black Bear's White Wife; A Small Tea Party; The White Boy-Captive, Charles Sylvester; The Sun Dance; A Conciliating Letter from General Sibley; A Puzzle of Human Bones; The Indian as an Artist; I Destroy a Picture and am Punished with Fire-Brands; A Sick Indian
16. 15 - Preparing the Chi-Cha-Cha, or Killikinnick; Attack on Captain Fisk's Emigrant Train; Fourteen Whites Killed; A Big Haul of Whisky; A Drunken Debauch; I Write a Letter to Captain Fisk Under Dictation; Poisoned Indians; The Train Saved by My Clerical Strategy
17. 16 - Scenes on Cannon Ball Prairie; Reflections
18. 17 - A Prairie on Fire; Scenes of Terror
19. 18 - Last Days with the Ogalalla Sioux; Massacre of a Party Returning from Idaho; A Woman's Scalp; A Scalp Dance; Suspicious Circumstance; Arrival of Blackfeet Indians; Negotiations for My Ransom; Treachery
20. 19 - Indian Customs
21. 20 - An Indian Tradition; Arrival at the Blackfeet Village; An Offer to Purchase Me Indignantly Rejected; A Yankton Attempts My Capture
22. 21 - Appearance of Jumping Bear; I Prevail on Him to Carry a Letter to the Fort; A War Speech; Intended Treachery; Resume Our Journey to the Fort; Singular Meeting with a White Man; 'Has Richmond Fallen?'; Arrival at the Fort; I Am Free!
23. 22 - Retrospection; A Border Trading Post; Garrison Hospitality; A Visit from the Commandant of Fort Rice; Arrival of My Husband; Affecting Scene
24. 23 - Sad Fate of Little Mary
25. 24 - What Occurred at Fort Laramie After My Capture; Efforts to Rescue; Lieutenant Brown Killed; Reward Offered; It Is the Means of Restoring Another White Woman and Child; Her Rescuers Hung for Former Murders; A Letter Announcing My Safe Arrival at Fort Sully
26. 25 - Supper in Honor of Our Reunion; Departure from Fort Sully; Incidents by the Way; Arrival at Geneva; Mother and Child; A Happy Meeting
27. 26 - Elizabeth Blackwell; Mormon Home; A Brutal Father; The Mother and Daughters Flee to the Mountains; Death of the Mother and Sisters from Exposure; Elizabeth Saved by an Indian; A White Woman Tortured; Rescued Children; The Boxx Family; Capture of Mrs. Blynn
28. 27 - Move to Wyoming; False Friends; The Manuscript of My Narrative Taken by Another Party and Published; I Go to Washington
29. 28 - General Sully's Expedition
30. 29 - Poem to Mrs. Fannie Kelly; Certificate of Indian Chiefs; Certified Copies of My Correspondence with Captain Fisk; Statement of Lieutenant G. A. Hesselberg; Statement of Officers and Members of the Sixth Iowa Cavalry

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Summary

"Narrative of my captivity among the Sioux Indians: with a brief account of General Sully's Indian expedition in 1864, bearing upon events occurring in my captivity" "I was a member of a small company of emigrants, who were attacked by an overwhelming force of hostile Sioux, which resulted in the death of a large proportion of the party, in my own capture, and a horrible captivity of five months' duration. Of my thrilling adventures and experience during this season of terror and privation, I propose to give a plain, unvarnished narrative, hoping the reader will be more interested in facts concerning the habits, manners, and customs of the Indians, and their treatment of prisoners, than in theoretical speculations and fine-wrought sentences."