Ed Osborne

Published Books


The Indian Wars and Depredations

The Indian Wars and Depredations


Depredations - Scalping, mutilation and outrages were committed by the Plains Indians primarily between 1850-1890. In the conflicts which ensued, vengeance and retribution played a part by both U.S. soldiers and the Indians. But, there are historians who decline to criticize the "Nobel Red Man," instead denigrate the U.S. soldiers and minimize the atrocities endured by the Settlers and their families at the hands of the Indians. There is more to the story!

This book is a controversial historical narrative about past Indian depredations. The author extensively uses primary sources in his research. The book initially investigates the "Warrior Culture" of the Indians and their treatment of women captives. It also reviews the important contributions of the mountain men to opening up the West including Jedediah Smith, John "Liver-Eating" Johnston, Jim Bridger, James Beckwourth, and the Jesuit priest, Father Pierre-Jean De Smet. The last three chapters in the book describe in detail the Great Sioux Uprising of 1862, the Sand Creek battle of 1864, and the Fetterman massacre of 1866.