Re: Pike & Pea Ridge
- 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.
--- In email@example.com, "james2044" <james2044@h...>
> 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?