Pike & Pea Ridge
- How many think that something outside of "civilized warfare"
happened that day and how bad do you think it was? Or do you think
this was just an example of anti-indian feelings?
- James, accounts I have read seem to confirm that some
post-death scalping might have taken place. A [probably just
spontaneous] propaganda campaign erupted, tho, with Northern
publications attempting to maximize outrage. IIRC Harpers [or similar]
had illustrations of headdress-clad half-naked savages with tomahawks
running around doing their worst. But historians do not now seem [to
me] to be viewing this as an example of a significant atrocity.
-The real story is that the experiment of using so-called Civilized
Indians was pretty much a flop, not because of possible scalping but
because the battle showed that these troops were not going to be
usable without a lot of training. Primarily, it was noted that the
Indians wanted to revert back to accustomed tactics, like sniping from
behind trees and boulders, once Union artillery dusted them up a bit.
-Pike himself was certainly not responsible for any atrocities.
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> How many think that something outside of "civilized warfare"
> happened that day and how bad do you think it was? Or do you think
> this was just an example of anti-indian feelings?